The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)

80-82 mins | Drama | 24 December 1934

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Producer:

Carl Laemmle Jr.

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Murray Seldeen

Production Designer:

Albert D'Agostino

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in DV , Gloria Stuart was considered for the female lead. Although not explicitly shown or stated, the film implies that "Paul" beheaded "Dumont" and is carrying his head in the satchel. According to Call Bureau Cast Service, James Donlan played the role of ... More Less

According to a news item in DV , Gloria Stuart was considered for the female lead. Although not explicitly shown or stated, the film implies that "Paul" beheaded "Dumont" and is carrying his head in the satchel. According to Call Bureau Cast Service, James Donlan played the role of "Danglas." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Sep 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Sep 34
p. 2.
Film Daily
8 Jan 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Dec 34
p. 51.
New York Times
9 Jan 35
p. 22.
Variety
15 Jan 35
p. 13.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
William Davidson
Montague Shaw
John Rutherford
Ben F. Hendricks
Joseph Swickard
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, Pres.
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Addl dial
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
Asst cam
Process Photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Ed supv
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec eng
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Child welfare worker
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Man Who Reclaimed His Head by Jean Bart (New York, 8 Sep 1932).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 December 1934
Production Date:
17 September--25 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 December 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5151
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80-82
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
424
SYNOPSIS

In 1915, Paul Verin walks deliberately through a French city that is under aerial bombardment, carrying a satchel and his daughter Linette. After arriving at the home of lawyer Fernand De Marnay, an old school friend, Paul shows him the shocking contents of the satchel and relates the following story: Paul lives in Clichy with Adele, his blonde wife of five years, and their daughter, writing political articles for small pay. Henri Dumont, an aspiring, ambitious politician with whom Paul had quarreled at the Bordeaux Radical , begs Paul for his assistance on the People's Advocate , acknowledging his need for of Paul's superb mind. Adele's desire to return to Paris impels Paul to accept Dumont's offer. By publishing Paul's editorials under his own name, Dumont is idolized for urging peace and shifting taxes from the poor to the rich. However, Chavez and another wealthy financier offer to drop their opposition to Dumont's ambitions if he will reverse his views, and Dumont urges Paul to moderate his positions. When Paul refuses, Dumont meets with Adele to charm her into urging Paul to accept his idea. Dumont and Adele begin to see each other regularly, although Paul still loves Adele. Paul shows Dumont proof that fifty people are pressing for war because of the financial benefits it will bring them and prepares a speech on the subject. As the Austrian Archduke is assassinated, Dumont meets on a yacht with a group of rich weapons manufacturers, who plot to continue high prices and sales to all sides to prolong the coming war, pledging not to bomb each other's ... +


In 1915, Paul Verin walks deliberately through a French city that is under aerial bombardment, carrying a satchel and his daughter Linette. After arriving at the home of lawyer Fernand De Marnay, an old school friend, Paul shows him the shocking contents of the satchel and relates the following story: Paul lives in Clichy with Adele, his blonde wife of five years, and their daughter, writing political articles for small pay. Henri Dumont, an aspiring, ambitious politician with whom Paul had quarreled at the Bordeaux Radical , begs Paul for his assistance on the People's Advocate , acknowledging his need for of Paul's superb mind. Adele's desire to return to Paris impels Paul to accept Dumont's offer. By publishing Paul's editorials under his own name, Dumont is idolized for urging peace and shifting taxes from the poor to the rich. However, Chavez and another wealthy financier offer to drop their opposition to Dumont's ambitions if he will reverse his views, and Dumont urges Paul to moderate his positions. When Paul refuses, Dumont meets with Adele to charm her into urging Paul to accept his idea. Dumont and Adele begin to see each other regularly, although Paul still loves Adele. Paul shows Dumont proof that fifty people are pressing for war because of the financial benefits it will bring them and prepares a speech on the subject. As the Austrian Archduke is assassinated, Dumont meets on a yacht with a group of rich weapons manufacturers, who plot to continue high prices and sales to all sides to prolong the coming war, pledging not to bomb each other's factories or natural resources. Dumont rises to power on war fever, using the trust of the people that Paul's efforts had brought him while betraying his pacifist ideals. Paul retains his integrity by ending their association but, finding that his political book has been suppressed, hands the text over to Adele. After becoming a corporal on the front lines, Paul is transferred to Verdun, the scene of the bloodiest fighting. In a railroad station, Paul overhears the rumor that Dumont has sold out and is courting Adele, while preventing Paul from securing leave to go home. Enraged, Paul takes a train for Paris. Dumont calls on Adele, who rejects his advances, lonely for Paul. Seeing them together, Paul kills Dumont with his bayonet. Back in Fernand's house, Paul, alluding to the contents of his satchel, tells his friend that he wanted to retrieve his mind and the life that Dumont had stolen. Fernand persuades Paul not to commit suicide, assuring him he will be acquitted, because he is not the accused, but the accuser. Paul hands Linette to Adele when she arrives with the police. +

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