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31 August 1934 (USA) See more »
Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ann Harding ... Julie von Marwitz

Brian Aherne ... Lewis Allison

Paul Lukas ... Rupert von Narwitz

Jean Hersholt ... Baron Van Leyden

Ralph Forbes ... Ballater

Violet Kemble Cooper ... Baroness Van leyden

Sara Haden ... Susie
Richard Abbott ... Allard Van Leyden
Barbara Barondess ... Geof's wife
Rudolph Anders ... Geof Van Leyden (as Rudolph Amendt)

Betty Alden ... Allard's wife

Ian Wolfe ... Van Arkel
Douglas Wood ... de Greve

Frank Reicher ... Doctor
Ferike Boros ... Nurse
William Stack ... Commandant

Christian Rub ... Kerstholt
J.M. Kerrigan ... Shordley
Charles McNaughton ... Lampman
Desmond Roberts ... Willett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Dominici ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hans Hopf ... Townsman (uncredited)

Marina Koshetz ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samuel Hoffenstein 
Charles Morgan  novel
Jane Murfin 

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Henry W. Gerrard 
Film Editing by
William Morgan 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert De Grasse .... camera operator (uncredited)
George E. Diskant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
SUCH a dreary movie!, 9 November 2014
Author: lge-946-225487 from United States

Lord, what a dreary movie they made out of so much good talent! This is a dreary, depressing movie on a dreary subject (she's married to one, loves a different one, so they all talk, talk, talk...).

The mood is somber and dreary. The talk-talk-talk is dreary. The music is absolutely funereal.

One of the main characters was severely wounded in the war (I might say, drearily wounded in the war). His problem is, he has no further will to live. Neither will you, perhaps, once you watch this movie.

And look who they had available. First and foremost, they had Ann Harding, who epitomizes class for me -- cool and elegant in movies like "The Animal Kingdom." They had Brian Aherne -- so likable and amusing in entertaining movies like "Merrily We Live" or "A Night To Remember" or "My Sister Eileen." They had Jean Hersholt, who does the honest, salt-of-the-earth character so well as Dr. Christian, or as the husband in "Emma." They had Paul Lukas, a fine actor who played the German or generic foreigner in so many movies -- more likable than sinister, usually.

And they made of this a dreary 83-minute dirge.

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