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According to a news item in HR , Danielle Darrieux was originally slated for the female lead. Another news item in HR adds that technical director Banta Orgolini was a Hollywood correspondent for several Brazilian ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , Danielle Darrieux was originally slated for the female lead. Another news item in HR adds that technical director Banta Orgolini was a Hollywood correspondent for several Brazilian publications. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Sep 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Sep 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Sep 39
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Sep 39
p. 59.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Oct 39
pp. 42-44.
New York Times
27 Oct 39
p. 27.
Variety
4 Oct 39
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Maurice Moscovich
Ferika Boras
Sid D'Albrook
Jimmie Lucas
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
Sigrid Gurie's gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love Opened My Eyes," words and music by Jimmy McHugh
"Heart of Mine," "After the Rain," words and music by Frank Skinner and Ralph Freed.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 September 1939
Production Date:
began 20 July 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
28 September 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9134
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5720
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Diabolical French capitalist Paul Reynard is forced to leave Irene, his bride of one year, when he is arrested for the crimes of forgery and embezzlement and sentenced to a penal colony off the coast of South America. To remain close to her husband, Irene, accompanied by Dirk, Paul's body guard and valet, travels to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds a job singing in Roberto's Cafe. At the cafe, Irene meets Bill Gregory, an American engineer whose morale has been destroyed by the collapse of a bridge that he was building. Bill falls in love with Irene, and one night while drunk, volunteers to design an irrigation system for the drought-stricken peasants living on Roberto's ranch. Though his offer was a drunken boast, when Bill sobers up, he is touched by the plight of the peasants and begins to design a dam. Meanwhile, at the penal colony, Paul, goaded by the sadistic guard Rocco, becomes restless and sends an emissary to Dirk, instructing him to arrange a jail break. After completing the dam, Bill proclaims his love to Irene, but she remains faithful to Paul, even though she no longer loves him. Soon afterward, Paul stages a jail break and pins his identification number onto a fellow prisoner that he has murdered during the escape. Receiving word of her husband's death, Irene accepts Bill's proposal and they are in the midst of planning their wedding when Paul appears and threatens Bill's life. As the police surround them, Dirk pleads with Paul to give himself up, and in the ensuing struggle, Paul is shot. Dirk then picks up Paul's unconscious body, walks into the ... +


Diabolical French capitalist Paul Reynard is forced to leave Irene, his bride of one year, when he is arrested for the crimes of forgery and embezzlement and sentenced to a penal colony off the coast of South America. To remain close to her husband, Irene, accompanied by Dirk, Paul's body guard and valet, travels to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds a job singing in Roberto's Cafe. At the cafe, Irene meets Bill Gregory, an American engineer whose morale has been destroyed by the collapse of a bridge that he was building. Bill falls in love with Irene, and one night while drunk, volunteers to design an irrigation system for the drought-stricken peasants living on Roberto's ranch. Though his offer was a drunken boast, when Bill sobers up, he is touched by the plight of the peasants and begins to design a dam. Meanwhile, at the penal colony, Paul, goaded by the sadistic guard Rocco, becomes restless and sends an emissary to Dirk, instructing him to arrange a jail break. After completing the dam, Bill proclaims his love to Irene, but she remains faithful to Paul, even though she no longer loves him. Soon afterward, Paul stages a jail break and pins his identification number onto a fellow prisoner that he has murdered during the escape. Receiving word of her husband's death, Irene accepts Bill's proposal and they are in the midst of planning their wedding when Paul appears and threatens Bill's life. As the police surround them, Dirk pleads with Paul to give himself up, and in the ensuing struggle, Paul is shot. Dirk then picks up Paul's unconscious body, walks into the police dragnet and perishes in a hail of bullets. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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