Such Men Are Dangerous (1930)

83 mins | Melodrama | 9 March 1930

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HISTORY

A working title of the film was The Mask of Love . On 2 Jan 1930, while filming a flying sequence for the picture, director Kenneth Hawks (1898--1930), assistant director Max Gold, cameramen George Eastman and Conrad Wells, assistant cameramen Otto Jordan and Ben Frankel, prop men Thomas Harris and Henry Johannes and pilots Hallock Rouse and Ross Cooke were killed in a two-plane, mid-air collision off the coast of San Pedro in Southern California. According to LAT news articles in early Jan 1930, Hawk's brother, director Howard Hawks, had been at the airfield when the planes took off but decided not to fly. Kenneth Hawks had been married to actress Mary Astor since 1928.
       As noted in reviews, Such Men Are Dangerous was inspired by the life of internationally famous Belgian financier and aviator Alfred Lowenstein (1877--1928), who died under mysterious circumstances on 4 Jul 1928 when he fell from his private plane as it was crossing the English Channel. The highly publicized incident prompted various theories about Lowenstein’s disappearance, from suicide, murder or, as dramatized in the film, an attempt to escape his old life and start over under a new ... More Less

A working title of the film was The Mask of Love . On 2 Jan 1930, while filming a flying sequence for the picture, director Kenneth Hawks (1898--1930), assistant director Max Gold, cameramen George Eastman and Conrad Wells, assistant cameramen Otto Jordan and Ben Frankel, prop men Thomas Harris and Henry Johannes and pilots Hallock Rouse and Ross Cooke were killed in a two-plane, mid-air collision off the coast of San Pedro in Southern California. According to LAT news articles in early Jan 1930, Hawk's brother, director Howard Hawks, had been at the airfield when the planes took off but decided not to fly. Kenneth Hawks had been married to actress Mary Astor since 1928.
       As noted in reviews, Such Men Are Dangerous was inspired by the life of internationally famous Belgian financier and aviator Alfred Lowenstein (1877--1928), who died under mysterious circumstances on 4 Jul 1928 when he fell from his private plane as it was crossing the English Channel. The highly publicized incident prompted various theories about Lowenstein’s disappearance, from suicide, murder or, as dramatized in the film, an attempt to escape his old life and start over under a new identity. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
15 Mar 1930
p. 36.
Film Daily
9 Mar 1930
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
3 Jan 1930
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
7 Jan 1930
p. 1.
New York Times
8 Mar 1930
p. 21.
New Yorker
15 Mar 1930
p. 87.
Time
24 Mar 1930
p. 60.
Variety
12 Mar 1930
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Staged by
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
MUSIC
DANCE
Ballet dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Pilot
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bridal Hymn," words and music by Albert Hay Malotte and George Gramlich
"Cinderella by the Fire," words and music by Dave Stamper.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The mask of love
Release Date:
9 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 March 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1074
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,400
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Belgian financier Ludwic Kranz, who believes that wealth can buy him anything, marries Elinor, a beautiful young girl who is virtually forced into the marriage for financial reasons. She deserts him, repulsed by his disfigured face, and he sails for Germany, leaving the impression that he has committed suicide. There his face is transformed under the care of a plastic surgeon, and he returns to revenge himself on his wife; but when this woman who has despised him actually falls in love with him, he relents and is willing to forget the ... +


Belgian financier Ludwic Kranz, who believes that wealth can buy him anything, marries Elinor, a beautiful young girl who is virtually forced into the marriage for financial reasons. She deserts him, repulsed by his disfigured face, and he sails for Germany, leaving the impression that he has committed suicide. There his face is transformed under the care of a plastic surgeon, and he returns to revenge himself on his wife; but when this woman who has despised him actually falls in love with him, he relents and is willing to forget the past. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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