The Last Outpost (1935)

70, 72 or 75 mins | Drama | 11 October 1935

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Jungle . Portions of this film were shot on location in Chatsworth, CA. According to a 10 Aug 1935 news item in HR , shooting for this film began 20 May and ended 26 Jun 1935, at which point the studio found the story unsatisfactory and rewrote it and assigned a new director. According to the news item, the film was then "almost entirely remade," and production ended on 13 Aug 1935. "The Cutting Room" column of MPH on 13 Jul 1935 notes the film's earlier ending: After swearing her love for Michael, Rosemary is fatally wounded in an auto accident. On her deathbed in the hospital, Rosemary calls Michael's name before dying, and is overheard by John. Later, Rosemary's ghost causes John to save Michael in the desert. According to contemporary sources, stock footage of herds of animals was used in this ... More Less

The working title for this film was Jungle . Portions of this film were shot on location in Chatsworth, CA. According to a 10 Aug 1935 news item in HR , shooting for this film began 20 May and ended 26 Jun 1935, at which point the studio found the story unsatisfactory and rewrote it and assigned a new director. According to the news item, the film was then "almost entirely remade," and production ended on 13 Aug 1935. "The Cutting Room" column of MPH on 13 Jul 1935 notes the film's earlier ending: After swearing her love for Michael, Rosemary is fatally wounded in an auto accident. On her deathbed in the hospital, Rosemary calls Michael's name before dying, and is overheard by John. Later, Rosemary's ghost causes John to save Michael in the desert. According to contemporary sources, stock footage of herds of animals was used in this film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Apr 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 35
p. 1.
Daily Variety
2 Aug 35
p. 2.
Film Daily
27 Sep 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
25 Sep 35
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jul 35
p. 68.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Oct 35
p. 44.
New York Times
5 Oct 35
p. 18.
Variety
9 Oct 35
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Drum" by F. Britten Austin in Red Book Magazine (Sep 1923).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jungle
Release Date:
11 October 1935
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 October 1935
Production Date:
20 May--26 June 1935
retakes ended 13 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 October 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5863
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70, 72 or 75
Length(in feet):
6,839
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1021
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Turkistan, during World War I, British Army officer Michael Andrews is saved from death under the Kurds by British Secret Service agent John Stevenson. The two men then save the Balkari tribe by leading them, along with their livestock, across mountains. When John kills an enemy spy, Michael suspects John and attacks him, but fractures his own leg. In Cairo, Michael is nursed back to health by nurse Rosemary Haydon and they fall in love. Before they can marry, however, Rosemary reveals that she is married to a British Secret Service agent whom she has not seen for three years. Her husband turns out to be John Stevenson, who, realizing Rosemary no longer loves him, sets out to murder Michael, who is on a mission to save a British fort in Sudan. After John arrives, the fort is ambushed by African tribesmen and only he and Michael survive. Crossing the desert to warn the British relief troops, John risks his life to save Michael from the advancing Africans and dies in Michael's ... +


In Turkistan, during World War I, British Army officer Michael Andrews is saved from death under the Kurds by British Secret Service agent John Stevenson. The two men then save the Balkari tribe by leading them, along with their livestock, across mountains. When John kills an enemy spy, Michael suspects John and attacks him, but fractures his own leg. In Cairo, Michael is nursed back to health by nurse Rosemary Haydon and they fall in love. Before they can marry, however, Rosemary reveals that she is married to a British Secret Service agent whom she has not seen for three years. Her husband turns out to be John Stevenson, who, realizing Rosemary no longer loves him, sets out to murder Michael, who is on a mission to save a British fort in Sudan. After John arrives, the fort is ambushed by African tribesmen and only he and Michael survive. Crossing the desert to warn the British relief troops, John risks his life to save Michael from the advancing Africans and dies in Michael's arms. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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