Two Alone (1934)

72 or 74 mins | Drama | 26 January 1934

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Wild Birds and Wild Bird . Dan Totheroh's play won a University of California "best new play" contest, which was judged by Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell and George Jean Nathan. According to a 21 Jul 1933 HR news item, Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman were hired to write the screenplay for this production, but their contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. In the same news item, Dorothy Jordan was announced as a featured player, and King Vidor, as the production's probable director. A 27 Jul 1933 HR news item reported that RKO was "dealing" for Douglass Montgomery to play the lead. In mid-Aug 1933, Stephen Roberts was announced in HR as RKO's second directorial choice. HR news items in Oct 1933 reported that Dorothy Jordan had been ill while on location in Sonora and that her scenes would be reshot with Jean Parker. RKO borrowed Parker from M-G-M for the ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Wild Birds and Wild Bird . Dan Totheroh's play won a University of California "best new play" contest, which was judged by Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell and George Jean Nathan. According to a 21 Jul 1933 HR news item, Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman were hired to write the screenplay for this production, but their contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. In the same news item, Dorothy Jordan was announced as a featured player, and King Vidor, as the production's probable director. A 27 Jul 1933 HR news item reported that RKO was "dealing" for Douglass Montgomery to play the lead. In mid-Aug 1933, Stephen Roberts was announced in HR as RKO's second directorial choice. HR news items in Oct 1933 reported that Dorothy Jordan had been ill while on location in Sonora and that her scenes would be reshot with Jean Parker. RKO borrowed Parker from M-G-M for the production. More Less

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Nov 33
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 Jan 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Apr 34
p. 19.
HF
14 Oct 33
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jul 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 33
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 34
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jan 34
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jan 34
p. 58.
Variety
10 Apr 34
p. 13.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wild Bird
Wild Birds
Release Date:
26 January 1934
Production Date:
ended 20 November 1933
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 January 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4464
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 74
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After her only friend, farm hand George Marshall, quits his job because Slag, her foster father, is a brutal, stingy employer, Mazie aides Adam Larson, an escapee from a reform school. When Slag catches Mazie with Adam, he threatens to turn the teenager over to the sheriff, but then decides to make him work on the farm for no pay. A few months later, Adam, who was convicted for the attempted murder of his abusive father, has fallen in love with Mazie and asks Slag for her hand in marriage. Because he desires the pretty Mazie for himself, Slag angrily refuses Adam's request, stating that he is too young to marry, and forbids him from further involvement with his foster daughter. Terrified by Slag's sexual interest in her, however, Mazie agrees to run away with Adam that night. On their way to find refuge with George, the couple stops at a carnival, unaware that George, who has found out that he is Mazie's real father, is headed for the Slag farm. After Mazie and Adam learn that George has left, they camp out in an open field and pledge their undying love. The next morning, Slag finds them on the road and forces them back to hard labor on the farm. A few months later, Mazie sneaks into Adam's room to tell him that she is pregnant, and is caught by Slag, who then fights with Adam. During the melee, Adam throws Slag down a set of stairs, and Slag telephones the sheriff. When Mazie begs for Adam's freedom, he deduces her condition and, furious with jealousy, tells her that a baby ... +


After her only friend, farm hand George Marshall, quits his job because Slag, her foster father, is a brutal, stingy employer, Mazie aides Adam Larson, an escapee from a reform school. When Slag catches Mazie with Adam, he threatens to turn the teenager over to the sheriff, but then decides to make him work on the farm for no pay. A few months later, Adam, who was convicted for the attempted murder of his abusive father, has fallen in love with Mazie and asks Slag for her hand in marriage. Because he desires the pretty Mazie for himself, Slag angrily refuses Adam's request, stating that he is too young to marry, and forbids him from further involvement with his foster daughter. Terrified by Slag's sexual interest in her, however, Mazie agrees to run away with Adam that night. On their way to find refuge with George, the couple stops at a carnival, unaware that George, who has found out that he is Mazie's real father, is headed for the Slag farm. After Mazie and Adam learn that George has left, they camp out in an open field and pledge their undying love. The next morning, Slag finds them on the road and forces them back to hard labor on the farm. A few months later, Mazie sneaks into Adam's room to tell him that she is pregnant, and is caught by Slag, who then fights with Adam. During the melee, Adam throws Slag down a set of stairs, and Slag telephones the sheriff. When Mazie begs for Adam's freedom, he deduces her condition and, furious with jealousy, tells her that a baby will only condemn Adam to greater punishment. Filled with guilt, Mazie throws herself into a well, just as George, who had received a letter from Adam, arrives at the farm. George rescues Mazie from drowning, then tells the sheriff and Slag that Mazie is his daughter. Sympathetic to Adam's situation, the sheriff allows him to marry Mazie before arresting him and assures the bride that her groom will be returning soon. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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