Captain of the Guard (1930)

85 mins | Melodrama | 29 March 1930

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HISTORY

As noted in reviews, when the film began production it was titled La Marseillaise , with Paul Fejos as the director and Hal Mohr as the cameraman. John S. Robertson completed the film and received sole screen credit as the director, even though, according to reviews, some sequences directed by Fejos were included in the released film. Gilbert Warrenton received sole screen credit as the cameraman.
       According to modern biographical sources, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760--1836), who was both an officer and amateur musician, composed "La Marseillaise" [initially titled "Chant de guerre de l'armeé du Rhin (War Song of the Army of the Rhine)"] on 14 Apr 1792. Copies were distributed to revolutionary soldiers before their march on Paris. Despite the spirit expressed in his song, Rouget de Lisle later repudiated the excesses of the French Revolution. The song became the national anthem of France on 14 Jul ... More Less

As noted in reviews, when the film began production it was titled La Marseillaise , with Paul Fejos as the director and Hal Mohr as the cameraman. John S. Robertson completed the film and received sole screen credit as the director, even though, according to reviews, some sequences directed by Fejos were included in the released film. Gilbert Warrenton received sole screen credit as the cameraman.
       According to modern biographical sources, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760--1836), who was both an officer and amateur musician, composed "La Marseillaise" [initially titled "Chant de guerre de l'armeé du Rhin (War Song of the Army of the Rhine)"] on 14 Apr 1792. Copies were distributed to revolutionary soldiers before their march on Paris. Despite the spirit expressed in his song, Rouget de Lisle later repudiated the excesses of the French Revolution. The song became the national anthem of France on 14 Jul 1795. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Mar 1930
p. 8.
Life
18 Apr 1930
p. 20.
New York Times
29 Mar 1930
p. 23.
New Yorker
5 Apr 1930
p. 91.
Time
14 Apr 1930
p. 38.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Song of the Guard," "For You," "You, You Alone," "Maids on Parade" and "Can It Be?" words by William Francis Dugan , music by Heinz Roemheld
La Marseillaise," music and lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
La Marseillaise
Release Date:
29 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 March 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 March 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1182
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,913 ft.
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7,519
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Marie Marnay, an innkeeper's daughter, refuses to marry Bazin, a secret agent in the service of the king, but when Bazin sends music master Rouget de l'Isle to give her singing lessons, she falls in love and pledges her troth to Rouget. Marie's father refuses to join the revolt against the king and is killed trying to save her from the advances of a soldier; as a result, she joins the revolutionists, giving up her claim to Rouget, who is in the service of the king, and becomes notorious as "The Torch." Using Rouget as bait, Bazin effects a reconciliation, then orders Marie arrested as well as her consort. Charmed by his voice, Marie Antoinette has Rouget released to sing his song "La Marseillaise" for the king; he then renounces the king and escapes Paris; and in Marseilles he organizes an army, marches on Paris, and is reunited with Marie at the outbreak of the ... +


Marie Marnay, an innkeeper's daughter, refuses to marry Bazin, a secret agent in the service of the king, but when Bazin sends music master Rouget de l'Isle to give her singing lessons, she falls in love and pledges her troth to Rouget. Marie's father refuses to join the revolt against the king and is killed trying to save her from the advances of a soldier; as a result, she joins the revolutionists, giving up her claim to Rouget, who is in the service of the king, and becomes notorious as "The Torch." Using Rouget as bait, Bazin effects a reconciliation, then orders Marie arrested as well as her consort. Charmed by his voice, Marie Antoinette has Rouget released to sing his song "La Marseillaise" for the king; he then renounces the king and escapes Paris; and in Marseilles he organizes an army, marches on Paris, and is reunited with Marie at the outbreak of the Revolution. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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