Love Under Fire (1937)

75 mins | Drama | 20 August 1937

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Fandango and Spanish Fandango . According to LAEx , Darryl Zanuck purchased the play as it was in its eleventh week on the London stage. In correspondence in the files for this film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Joseph Breen, Director of the PCA, objected to the portrayal in the final script of the Spanish officers as insurgents, buffoons and villains, based on the provision of the Production Code which states, "The history, institutions, prominent people and citizenry of other nations shall be represented fairly." Breen insisted that the references "to Loyalists, Rebels, or anything that would give your picture a partisan flavor" should be omitted, and for the studio to change the portrayal of the officers "so as to play them as straight military officers, going about their duty without any attempt to either poke fun at them or to show them as cold-blooded murderers." Specifically, the actions objected to by Breen in this script included the terrifying and murdering of harmless citizens, a radio announcer and a mayor by soldiers, and the sadistic portrayal of the "Captain Delmar" character. Breen also insisted that the studio "Modify the line 'Keep your pecker up.'" According to studio publicity, some scenes were shot seven miles off San Pedro, CA harbor. After principal shooting was completed, the film was put back into production for revisions and additional scenes, according to information in the PCA files and news items. According to a HR news item, John Carradine replaced Peter Lorre in the role of "Delmar" due to Lorre's recuperation from an ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Fandango and Spanish Fandango . According to LAEx , Darryl Zanuck purchased the play as it was in its eleventh week on the London stage. In correspondence in the files for this film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Joseph Breen, Director of the PCA, objected to the portrayal in the final script of the Spanish officers as insurgents, buffoons and villains, based on the provision of the Production Code which states, "The history, institutions, prominent people and citizenry of other nations shall be represented fairly." Breen insisted that the references "to Loyalists, Rebels, or anything that would give your picture a partisan flavor" should be omitted, and for the studio to change the portrayal of the officers "so as to play them as straight military officers, going about their duty without any attempt to either poke fun at them or to show them as cold-blooded murderers." Specifically, the actions objected to by Breen in this script included the terrifying and murdering of harmless citizens, a radio announcer and a mayor by soldiers, and the sadistic portrayal of the "Captain Delmar" character. Breen also insisted that the studio "Modify the line 'Keep your pecker up.'" According to studio publicity, some scenes were shot seven miles off San Pedro, CA harbor. After principal shooting was completed, the film was put back into production for revisions and additional scenes, according to information in the PCA files and news items. According to a HR news item, John Carradine replaced Peter Lorre in the role of "Delmar" due to Lorre's recuperation from an illness. Joseph Schildkraut is listed as a cast member in HR production charts, but his participation in the final film is doubtful. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21-Aug-37
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Daily Variety
7 Aug 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jun 37
p. 4.
Film Daily
16 Aug 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 37
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 37
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 37
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
7-Oct-36
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Motion Picture Daily
9 Aug 37
p. 22.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Apr 37
pp. 48-49.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Aug 37
p. 58, 60
New York Times
28 Aug 37
p. 8.
Variety
11 Aug 37
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Publicity dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Fugitives by Walter Hackett (London, 28 May 1936).
SONGS
"The Language of Love," words by Jack Lawrence, music by Samuel Pokrass.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Spanish Fandango
Fandango
Release Date:
20 August 1937
Production Date:
mid March--mid April 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7720
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in feet):
6,806
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3309
SYNOPSIS

Tracy Egan, an English vacationer, meets Myra Cooper, an attractive Englishwoman, on a train from Paris to Madrid. At the Hotel Nacional, they have dinner and go dancing, and by the end of a romantic evening, plan to continue seeing each other. When Tracy returns to his room, however, he gets a call from Scotland Yard, where he works, and learns that Myra is suspected of having stolen a pearl necklace from Lady Cumber, the woman for whom she told him that she worked. As gunshots and explosions from the ongoing civil war erupt, Myra enters Tracy's room and rushes into his arms. When Tracy asks her about the pearls, she says that she didn't steal them. Meanwhile, General Montero castigates his subordinate, Lieutenant Chavez, for losing the Paralta necklace, one of the most valuable collections of jewels in the world, with which the general hoped to raise money for his army. He orders Chavez to be shot, but Chavez escapes. Impersonating a waiter, Chavez interrupts Tracy and Myra, and after Tracy leaves the room to arrange for a car to take him and Myra to the airport, Myra, realizing that Chavez is not a waiter, makes a pact with him to escape. When Tracy returns, Myra tricks him into drinking from a bottle that she has drugged. Chavez then demands the pearls from Myra and explains he learned that a young Englishwoman recently called for the safe deposit box in which they were kept. The military escort whom Tracy called then arrives, and Chavez, wearing Tracy's clothes, goes with Myra into a car in which another Englishwoman, Pamela Beaumont, is waiting. At ... +


Tracy Egan, an English vacationer, meets Myra Cooper, an attractive Englishwoman, on a train from Paris to Madrid. At the Hotel Nacional, they have dinner and go dancing, and by the end of a romantic evening, plan to continue seeing each other. When Tracy returns to his room, however, he gets a call from Scotland Yard, where he works, and learns that Myra is suspected of having stolen a pearl necklace from Lady Cumber, the woman for whom she told him that she worked. As gunshots and explosions from the ongoing civil war erupt, Myra enters Tracy's room and rushes into his arms. When Tracy asks her about the pearls, she says that she didn't steal them. Meanwhile, General Montero castigates his subordinate, Lieutenant Chavez, for losing the Paralta necklace, one of the most valuable collections of jewels in the world, with which the general hoped to raise money for his army. He orders Chavez to be shot, but Chavez escapes. Impersonating a waiter, Chavez interrupts Tracy and Myra, and after Tracy leaves the room to arrange for a car to take him and Myra to the airport, Myra, realizing that Chavez is not a waiter, makes a pact with him to escape. When Tracy returns, Myra tricks him into drinking from a bottle that she has drugged. Chavez then demands the pearls from Myra and explains he learned that a young Englishwoman recently called for the safe deposit box in which they were kept. The military escort whom Tracy called then arrives, and Chavez, wearing Tracy's clothes, goes with Myra into a car in which another Englishwoman, Pamela Beaumont, is waiting. At the airport, Captain Delmar, on orders from General Montero, has his men fire on an airplane that is attempting to land. On its descent, the plane hits the car carrying Myra, Chavez and Pamela, and as Pamela gets out of the car, Myra takes the necklace from Pamela's opened purse. When Tracy arrives at the airport, Delmar orders him to be shot until Myra reveals that Chavez is the impostor. Chavez then pulls a gun and, taking Pamela's purse, escapes. Pamela reveals to Tracy that she is an agent sent to get the jewels and escapes with him and Myra in a plane. Chavez is apprehended, but he gets General Montero on the phone to vouch for him. Delmar then tries to have the plane carrying Tracy, Myra and Pamela shot down, but it survives a hit, and the three board a British ocean liner. Meanwhile, Chavez is given a chance by Montero to retrieve the jewels. On the boat, Myra confesses to Tracy that she did not take the jewels until she read in the newspaper that she was accused of the crime, whereupon she panicked and ran. Although Tracy believes her, he says that it is still his duty to take her back to England. She then angrily takes the pearls from him and says that she will use them to buy the boat in order to keep her freedom, but after they both confess their love for each other, she returns the pearls to Pamela. Chavez and his men then board the ship from a gunboat and threaten to blow up the boat unless they give him the necklace. Upset that Tracy is too honest and will see that she will go to prison even though he loves her, she tells Chavez that Pamela has the pearls in exchange for his guarantee of complete safety for her. After Chavez retrieves them, Tracy forces him at gunpoint to leave without Myra. Myra is irate, until Pamela reveals that Tracy saved her life because the necklace Chavez took was a fake and that she still has the real necklace. Myra apologizes to Tracy, who vows to quit the service so that they can escape together. After Chavez shows the jewels to Montero, the general promotes him to brigadier general, but when the jewels are discovered to be worthless replicas, Montero says that it will be a pleasure to shoot Chavez himself. Back on the ship, Myra tells Tracy that she realizes that she must go back to England and stand trial. He then reveals that the moment he saw the second set of jewels, he knew that they also were fakes and then realized that Lady Cumber was trying to cash in on her insurance policy and that Myra could not be prosecuted because she stole worthless jewels. Although Myra berates him for leading her on, her protestations end in a kiss. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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