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Actor John Barrymore made his talking picture debut in General Crack. Most critics praised his performance, taking particular note that his renowned theatrical voice had as much of an impact on the screen as it did on the stage. ...

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Actor John Barrymore made his talking picture debut in General Crack. Most critics praised his performance, taking particular note that his renowned theatrical voice had as much of an impact on the screen as it did on the stage.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
26 Mar 1930
p. 27
Film Daily
8 Dec 1929
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Los Angeles Times
8 Dec 1929
p. 23
Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 1929
p. A9
New York Times
4 Dec 1929
p. 36
Variety
11 Dec 1929
p. 35
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel General Crack by George Preedy (London, 1928).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 January 1930
Premiere Information:
New York and Los Angeles openings: 3 Dec 1929
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
28 December 1929
LP957
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
97
Length(in feet):
9,809
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The Duke of Kurland is holding a banquet for his officers and is bemoaning his lack of an heir to the Kurland sword when a ragged boy enters the hall and identifies himself as Christian, the duke's son by a Gypsy princess, now dead. Twenty years later, admired as General Crack, a soldier of fortune, Prince Christian is a powerful leader. When compelled by Leopold II of Austria to offer his services, Christian demands a high price in gold and the hand of the Archduchess Maria Luisa. En route, he encounters Fidelia, a spirited Gypsy dancer; and under the spell of Gypsy lore, he marries the girl and takes her to Vienna. Crack is astounded at Maria Luisa's beauty; and Leopold becomes infatuated with Fidelia at a court celebration. While Crack is away at war Leopold forces his attentions on the bride; the vengeful Gabor gives evidence against the emperor and is executed. Crack accepts Maria Luisa's offer to be elevated as Archduke of ...

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The Duke of Kurland is holding a banquet for his officers and is bemoaning his lack of an heir to the Kurland sword when a ragged boy enters the hall and identifies himself as Christian, the duke's son by a Gypsy princess, now dead. Twenty years later, admired as General Crack, a soldier of fortune, Prince Christian is a powerful leader. When compelled by Leopold II of Austria to offer his services, Christian demands a high price in gold and the hand of the Archduchess Maria Luisa. En route, he encounters Fidelia, a spirited Gypsy dancer; and under the spell of Gypsy lore, he marries the girl and takes her to Vienna. Crack is astounded at Maria Luisa's beauty; and Leopold becomes infatuated with Fidelia at a court celebration. While Crack is away at war Leopold forces his attentions on the bride; the vengeful Gabor gives evidence against the emperor and is executed. Crack accepts Maria Luisa's offer to be elevated as Archduke of Kurland.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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