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Release Date:
14 October 1928 (USA) See more »
Hugh Drummond goes broke living too high and turns to crime in order to pay his bills. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rod La Rocque ... Captain Swagger / Hugh Drummond

Sue Carol ... Sue Arnold - Dancer
Richard Tucker ... Phil Poole
Victor Potel ... Jean
Ullrich Haupt ... Von Dictor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Black ... Manager, Viennese Club (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Messenger (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward H. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adelaide Heilbron  adaptation
Paul Perez  titles
Leonard Praskins  story

Cinematography by
John J. Mescall 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell  (as Edward Jewell)
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... production manager (as R.A. Blaydon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E.J. Babille .... assistant director
Music Department
Josiah Zuro .... musical director
Rudolph Berliner .... music arranger (uncredited)

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System) (musical score and sound effects)

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Captain Swagger flies a SPAD with Hat in the Ring markings of the Escadrille Lafayette (but with a rudely positioned hand added. Von Stahl flies what appears to be a Fokker DVII with markings of a snake squashing the Hat.See more »
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Rather silly..., 19 January 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Captain Swagger" is a late silent film that has slipped into the public domain. Considering how inconsequential the movie is, I can understand why its copyright was allowed to expire.

Then the film begins, it's World War I and Hugh Drummond (Rod La Rocque) is a devil-may-care pilot. During one engagement with the infamous German ace, Van Stahl, one ends up saving the life of the other through some stupid sense of chivalry*. The war ends and Hugh has trouble establishing himself and makes a few bucks working for films doing stunt flying. He then meets a nice young lady who is also down on her luck. To win her, the audience things Drummond has resorted to a life of crime (the summary on IMDb is wrong about this by the way) and in the process meets his old nemesis Van Stahl--who really IS a crook. Drummond decides to help him straighten up his act and the film ends.

This is a very inconsequential film and the plot never makes much sense. It could have used more acting, a more complex script and a reason to watch it in the first place.

*I am so happy that Drummond and Van Stahl became buddies and looked on each other as comrades. This does seem ludicrous, however, in light of 17,000,000 dead.

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