Fugitive Road (1934)

66 or 69 mins | Drama | 1 June 1934

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was House of Strangers . Sources conflict concerning the writing credits. The copyright entry states the film was based on the "screenplay 'International Bridge' by Charles S. Belden," and that the adaption of the screenplay was by Belden and Robert Ellis. HR credits Belden and Ellis with the continuity and dialogue and credits only Belden with the original story, while MPH and Var credit both with the story. Modern sources list Erich von Stroheim as a technical advisor and a ... More Less

The working title of this film was House of Strangers . Sources conflict concerning the writing credits. The copyright entry states the film was based on the "screenplay 'International Bridge' by Charles S. Belden," and that the adaption of the screenplay was by Belden and Robert Ellis. HR credits Belden and Ellis with the continuity and dialogue and credits only Belden with the original story, while MPH and Var credit both with the story. Modern sources list Erich von Stroheim as a technical advisor and a co-scenarist. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Nov 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Jun 34
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Nov 34
p. 42.
Variety
20 Nov 34
p. 17.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
House of Strangers
Release Date:
1 June 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Invincible Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 August 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4905
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 69
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
186
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Commandant Hauptmann Oswald Von Traunsee, who has been sent to patrol an Austrian garrison on the Italian border as punishment for a romantic escapade, takes out his frustrations on the men in his unit. When Russian-Hungarian Sonia Vallanoff arrives at the post, however, Von Traunsee softens and, using his authority, detains her emigration to Brooklyn by claiming a discrepancy in her passport. Soon after, the garrison is invaded by American gangster Riker, who is identified by Von Traunsee as a fugitive wanted for extradition to the United States. Riker later discovers that Sonia is the sister of a former prison companion who died during the escape that had earlier freed him. Determined to prevent the lecherous Von Traunsee from seducing Sonia, Riker steals a pistol from the garrison and surprises the couple at dinner. At gunpoint, Riker forces Von Traunsee to drive Sonia and him to a neighboring town and witness their marriage at the local burgomaster's. Impressed by Riker's bravery and decency, Von Traunsee, who had known from the start that Riker's stolen pistol was empty, allows the couple to leave for Brooklyn, where, as a United States citizen, Sonia vows to wait for her husband to finish his prison ... +


Commandant Hauptmann Oswald Von Traunsee, who has been sent to patrol an Austrian garrison on the Italian border as punishment for a romantic escapade, takes out his frustrations on the men in his unit. When Russian-Hungarian Sonia Vallanoff arrives at the post, however, Von Traunsee softens and, using his authority, detains her emigration to Brooklyn by claiming a discrepancy in her passport. Soon after, the garrison is invaded by American gangster Riker, who is identified by Von Traunsee as a fugitive wanted for extradition to the United States. Riker later discovers that Sonia is the sister of a former prison companion who died during the escape that had earlier freed him. Determined to prevent the lecherous Von Traunsee from seducing Sonia, Riker steals a pistol from the garrison and surprises the couple at dinner. At gunpoint, Riker forces Von Traunsee to drive Sonia and him to a neighboring town and witness their marriage at the local burgomaster's. Impressed by Riker's bravery and decency, Von Traunsee, who had known from the start that Riker's stolen pistol was empty, allows the couple to leave for Brooklyn, where, as a United States citizen, Sonia vows to wait for her husband to finish his prison term. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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