Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day.

Director: Rowland Brown
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Marguerite Churchill, Sally Eilers
The Keyhole (1933)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Glenda Farrell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Soap-opera about a social-climbing Jewish man and his old-world parents who are heartbroken by his rejection of them.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Jean Hersholt, Lina Basquette, Ricardo Cortez
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A poor but basically honest flower woman agrees to impersonate a wicked opera star.

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Evelyn Laye, John Boles, Leon Errol
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ronald Coleman plays an MP addicted to drugs, and a double recruited to cover for him.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Ronald Colman, Elissa Landi, Juliette Compton
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two Marines are sent to South Sea island where they fight over a local island girl.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Lili Damita
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Radio singer Glory Eden is publicized as the ideal of American womanhood, in order to sell the sponsor's product Ippsie-Wippsie Washcloths. In reality, Glory would like to at least sample ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, Zasu Pitts
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go. She gets involved with the playboy and never ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Alice White, Chester Morris, William Bakewell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Joel McCrea, Laura Hope Crews
Wild Girl (1932)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Charles Farrell, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cabaret dancer witnesses a murder and is forced to hide from gangsters by disguising herself as a male Princeton student.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bing Crosby, Miriam Hopkins, Kitty Carlisle
Danger Signal (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A very romantic murderer has plans to seduce, marry and kill a beautiful woman for her wealth, but finds her younger sister to be even better prey.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Richard Erdman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Sergeant Dumaine
...
Axelle von Meirbach
...
Captain Ebbing
...
Count Reichendorf
Alexander Kirkland ...
Major Dietrich Reichendorf
William Pawley ...
Gourrut
Howard Phillips ...
Claverie
George Beranger ...
Fichet
Bodil Rosing ...
Domenica
Tom Ricketts ...
Gottlieb
Frank Arthur Swales ...
Hugo
Joe Sawyer ...
Sergeant Muller (as Joseph Sauers)
Al Burke ...
Audemard
Jack Conrad ...
Sylvestre
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Surrender  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Virginia Weidler. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Imaginative Camera-work, Dated Script, Mediocre Performances
11 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

When an eager young interviewer tape-recorded James Wong Howe in 1970 and asked him whom he considered to be the best director he'd ever worked with, he was startled beyond measure to hear Howe reply, without the lightest hesitation, "William K. Howard." My eager young friend had expected the cinematographer to name Martin Ritt or John Frankenheimer or even Daniel Mann. But he'd never even heard of William K. Howard! Yet Howe went on to explain that in his opinion, Howard was by far the most imaginative and talented director he'd ever come across. A director who had visual style, flair and know-how!

Howe was in China when talkies arrived, shooting backgrounds that were later used in Shanghai Express. "When I came back, I had no experience with sound pictures and I couldn't land a job. After a year out of work, I met William K. Howard. I made some tests for him and he hired me to work on Transatlantic. That was something remarkable. I used wide angles and deep focus throughout, long before Citizen Kane. When they saw Transatlantic, critics pointed out that the camera had finally started to move in the talkies."

After films for Howard Hawks, William Cameron Menzies and Raoul Walsh, Howe was re-united with Howard on Surrender and we can see exactly what Howe meant by imaginative direction. Visually, the picture is a feast for the eyes, as the camera swoops, glides and dollies through the enormous Reichendorf sets. The film editing is often equally swift, innovative and effective.

Unfortunately, the script is somewhat dated. But worse, the acting is not so hot. A director can do little with his script, but his players are entirely his responsibility. Leila Hyams is a most lovely girl, but her acting seems neither confident nor convincing, although she improves as the plot progresses. Sir C. Aubrey Smith, on the other hand, makes the opposite error. He plays his part at full volume, shouting and ranting as if he were on a theatre stage not a movie set. Warner Baxter mouths his dialogue with clarity, but with little or no expression. Only Ralph Bellamy and Alexander Kirkland impress.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Surrender (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?