Hearts in Bondage (1936)

72 mins | Drama | 15 August 1936

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Glory Parade . According to FD news items, Richard Carroll and Richard Schayer were assigned to work on the picture's script, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Technical advisor Lieut. Franklyn Adreon's surname is spelled Andreon in the onscreen credits. This was the only Hollywood feature film directed by actor Lew Ayres. According to the biographical file on Ayres in the AMPAS Library, he agreed to act in two films for Republic if they would let him direct one. The two Republic features he appeared in were The Leathernecks Have Landed and King of the Newsboys (see above). In 1941, Ayres became notorious for declaring himself a conscientious objector, although he later served with distinction in a medical ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Glory Parade . According to FD news items, Richard Carroll and Richard Schayer were assigned to work on the picture's script, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Technical advisor Lieut. Franklyn Adreon's surname is spelled Andreon in the onscreen credits. This was the only Hollywood feature film directed by actor Lew Ayres. According to the biographical file on Ayres in the AMPAS Library, he agreed to act in two films for Republic if they would let him direct one. The two Republic features he appeared in were The Leathernecks Have Landed and King of the Newsboys (see above). In 1941, Ayres became notorious for declaring himself a conscientious objector, although he later served with distinction in a medical unit. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 May 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Oct 35
p. 10.
Film Daily
5 Dec 35
p. 12.
Film Daily
26 May 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 36
pp. 7-18.
Motion Picture Daily
25 May 36
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Apr 36
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jun 36
p. 50, 56
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jul 36
p. 97.
Variety
21 Oct 36
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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Photog
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Glory Parade
Release Date:
15 August 1936
Production Date:
16 March--early April 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6459
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor "High Fidelity" Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,698
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
2145
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At the outbreak of the Civil War, longtime friends and Naval officers Commodore Jordan and Captain Buchanan must chose whether to fight for the Union or return to their native Virginia. Buchanan chooses to return to Virginia, taking with him his daughter Julie, who is engaged to Jordan's son Raymond, who is also a Navy man. Jordan chooses to defend the North, but Raymond cannot bear to be parted from Julie and so he resigns to follow her and fight from Virginia. Raymond sadly bids farewell to his sister Constance and his best friend, Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds, a Northern Naval officer who is engaged to Constance. Kenneth is given command of the mighty battleship U.S.S. Merrimack , but when he reaches his destination at Norfolk, Southern troops attack, and Kenneth is ordered to burn his ship to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Kenneth refuses, sinking the Merrimack instead, and is dishonorably discharged soon after. Kenneth then returns to Washingon, D.C. and to Constance, but finds that he cannot get a job because everyone considers him a traitor for allowing the Merrimack to fall to the South. The Southern Navy, including Raymond and Captain Buchanan, raises Kenneth's ship and begins the slow process of making it ironclad so that they will be able to break the Northern blockade. Meanwhile, Kenneth talks his uncle, Captain John Ericsson, into submitting to a Senate committee his own design for an ironclad ship with a revolving turret. The committee is deeply skeptical of the revolutionary design, and instead awards the contract to Bushnell, a leading shipbuilder. Ericsson then meets Commodore ... +


At the outbreak of the Civil War, longtime friends and Naval officers Commodore Jordan and Captain Buchanan must chose whether to fight for the Union or return to their native Virginia. Buchanan chooses to return to Virginia, taking with him his daughter Julie, who is engaged to Jordan's son Raymond, who is also a Navy man. Jordan chooses to defend the North, but Raymond cannot bear to be parted from Julie and so he resigns to follow her and fight from Virginia. Raymond sadly bids farewell to his sister Constance and his best friend, Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds, a Northern Naval officer who is engaged to Constance. Kenneth is given command of the mighty battleship U.S.S. Merrimack , but when he reaches his destination at Norfolk, Southern troops attack, and Kenneth is ordered to burn his ship to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Kenneth refuses, sinking the Merrimack instead, and is dishonorably discharged soon after. Kenneth then returns to Washingon, D.C. and to Constance, but finds that he cannot get a job because everyone considers him a traitor for allowing the Merrimack to fall to the South. The Southern Navy, including Raymond and Captain Buchanan, raises Kenneth's ship and begins the slow process of making it ironclad so that they will be able to break the Northern blockade. Meanwhile, Kenneth talks his uncle, Captain John Ericsson, into submitting to a Senate committee his own design for an ironclad ship with a revolving turret. The committee is deeply skeptical of the revolutionary design, and instead awards the contract to Bushnell, a leading shipbuilder. Ericsson then meets Commodore David G. Farragut and Bushnell, whom Kenneth invites to inspect Ericsson's model of his ship, which is named the U.S.S. Monitor . The two men are so impressed with the model that Bushnell gives up his own designs in favor of Ericsson's, and they rush the Monitor into production. While it is being built, Constance learns that Raymond is third in command on the Merrimack and will therefore be fighting against Ericsson's ship. She becomes even more distraught when the Monitor is finished and Kenneth is reinstated and allowed to join the crew. She begs him not to go, but even as she swears that she will never forgive him, Kenneth tells her that it is his duty. After sailing through a dreadful storm, the Monitor arrives in Norfolk just in time, for the newly ironclad Merrimack is making short work of the Northern blockade. The two ships meet in battle, and after a fierce struggle, the Monitor is triumphant, but only after Kenneth witnesses Raymond's death. Back in Washington, Kenneth receives Jordan's forgiveness for causing Raymond's death. Constance is unable to forgive Kenneth, however, until they meet President Abraham Lincoln as they are walking, and his sorrowful but passionate urging for peace persuades her to reconcile with Kenneth. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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