Captured! (1933)

72 mins | Drama | 19 August 1933

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writer:

Edward Chodorov

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Fellow Prisoners . A news item in HR notes that an important scene was shot at night at the Grand Central Airport in Burbank using seventy-five airplanes and 1,500 people. According to production records included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, shooting lasted twenty-nine days and the film was made for a total cost of $245,000. A $25,000 suit was brought against Warner Bros. by Ferdinand Huszti Horvath charging that the use of the title Captured had rendered his book of the same title valueless. Horvath complained that the public had been misled into believing that the book, which he had previously submitted to the studio, had been filmed by Warner Bros. and thus the sale of his story to other studios had been prevented. The final resolution of the lawsuit has not been ... More Less

The film's pre-release title was Fellow Prisoners . A news item in HR notes that an important scene was shot at night at the Grand Central Airport in Burbank using seventy-five airplanes and 1,500 people. According to production records included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, shooting lasted twenty-nine days and the film was made for a total cost of $245,000. A $25,000 suit was brought against Warner Bros. by Ferdinand Huszti Horvath charging that the use of the title Captured had rendered his book of the same title valueless. Horvath complained that the public had been misled into believing that the book, which he had previously submitted to the studio, had been filmed by Warner Bros. and thus the sale of his story to other studios had been prevented. The final resolution of the lawsuit has not been determined. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Jan 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
19 Aug 33
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 33
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Apr 33
p. 20.
International Photographer
1 May 33
p. 27.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Aug 33
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jun 33
pp. 42-43.
New York Times
18 Aug 33
p. 18.
Variety
28 Feb 33
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Tech eff
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Fellow Prisoners" by Sir Philip Gibbs in Liberty (13 Sep 1930).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fellow Prisoners
Release Date:
19 August 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 July 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4034
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A prisoner in a World War I German prison camp for Allied soldiers starts a riot when he commits suicide. For punishment, all the men are confined to a cramped dungeon. Fred Allison, a captured British officer, begs fellow Oxford graduate Carl Erlich, the commandant of the camp, for the men's release, promising to be personally responsible for their behavior. Among a new batch of prisoners is Jack Digby, an old friend of Allison. Since Digby had seen Allison's wife Monica shortly before his capture, Allison questions him about her. He doesn't know that Digby and Monica have fallen in love, and Digby feels guilty about betraying his friend. Digby plans to escape although Allison begs him not to try because of the trouble it will cause for the other men. Digby ignores his pleas and escapes in a nearby plane the same night another soldier rapes and murders a young German woman. Believing Digby to be guilty of the crime, the Germans request his return. Erlich asks Allison to sign the request, and he initially refuses, but when he sees a letter from Monica to Digby in which she declares her love for him, he changes his mind and signs the request. At his trial, Digby accuses Allison of condemning him to death for having an affair with his wife. After Digby is sentenced to be shot, Allison finds a confession in his room from the guilty soldier, who has since committed suicide. Allison allows the execution to proceed until the last minute, when he reveals the real murderer and frees Digby. Allison then tells Digby that he has planned ... +


A prisoner in a World War I German prison camp for Allied soldiers starts a riot when he commits suicide. For punishment, all the men are confined to a cramped dungeon. Fred Allison, a captured British officer, begs fellow Oxford graduate Carl Erlich, the commandant of the camp, for the men's release, promising to be personally responsible for their behavior. Among a new batch of prisoners is Jack Digby, an old friend of Allison. Since Digby had seen Allison's wife Monica shortly before his capture, Allison questions him about her. He doesn't know that Digby and Monica have fallen in love, and Digby feels guilty about betraying his friend. Digby plans to escape although Allison begs him not to try because of the trouble it will cause for the other men. Digby ignores his pleas and escapes in a nearby plane the same night another soldier rapes and murders a young German woman. Believing Digby to be guilty of the crime, the Germans request his return. Erlich asks Allison to sign the request, and he initially refuses, but when he sees a letter from Monica to Digby in which she declares her love for him, he changes his mind and signs the request. At his trial, Digby accuses Allison of condemning him to death for having an affair with his wife. After Digby is sentenced to be shot, Allison finds a confession in his room from the guilty soldier, who has since committed suicide. Allison allows the execution to proceed until the last minute, when he reveals the real murderer and frees Digby. Allison then tells Digby that he has planned an escape for the entire camp. He mans a large gun, keeping the Germans at bay while the rest of the men escape in German planes. Digby returns to rescue Allison, but he is too late--Allison is dead. Erlich and Digby salute his corpse. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
World War I


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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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