6.5/10
135
5 user 1 critic

A Modern Hero (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 21 April 1934 (USA)
Pierre is a young and handsome circus rider whose mother has long tolerated his amorous adventures but becomes genuinely concerned when he actually falls in love. She reveals to him that ... See full summary »

Director:

(as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Desirable (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man meets the daughter of his lover and they begin to fall in love.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Jean Muir, George Brent, Verree Teasdale
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father). Penniless, she returns to Paris where she... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Édith Jéhanne, Uno Henning, Fritz Rasp
Kameradschaft (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jacqueline is sixteen. Her parents are kept very busy by their mutual careers (Dad is a renowned attorney and Mum is a doctor running her own clinic). When they become aware that they ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Marcelle Chantal, Jacqueline Delubac, André Luguet
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Jean Gabin, Janine Crispin, Micheline Bernard
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A well-cloistered and protected-against-reality group of college students get their diplomas in the heart of the Great Depression, and quickly learn that the piece of paper the diploma is ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Muir, Margaret Lindsay
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Drama following the lives of an immigrant farm family in Maine.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Jean Muir, Donald Woods, Russell Hardie
Pasha's Wives (1939)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to ... See full summary »

Directors: Marc Sorkin, Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Viviane Romance, John Lodge, Marcel Dalio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet, Raymond Rouleau
Don Quixote (1933)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Feodor Chaliapin Sr., George Robey, Oscar Asche
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dramatic reconstruction of the July 1944 attempt by German Army Officers to assassinate Hitler with a bomb and end the war before Germany was totally destroyed.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Bernhard Wicki, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Carl Wery
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Joanna Ryan Croy
...
Mme. Azais
...
Lady Claire Benston
...
Leah Ernst
...
Hazel Flint Radier
...
Henry Mueller
...
Young Pierre Croy
Arthur Hohl ...
Homer Flint
Theodore Newton ...
Elmer Croy
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Mr. Ryan
...
Aunt Clara Weingartner
...
Young Pierre as a Child
...
Mr. Eggelson
Judith Vosselli ...
Mrs. Eggelson
Edit

Storyline

Pierre is a young and handsome circus rider whose mother has long tolerated his amorous adventures but becomes genuinely concerned when he actually falls in love. She reveals to him that he's the son of a wealthy man, whom she could not marry because of the circus life. But Pierre uses this knowledge as a springboard to wealth and fame himself, as an automobile maker in the early days of the industry, and as a munitions dealer when war breaks out. But his ambition seems to take its toll on all his relationships, and he seems unaware that he is over-reaching himself... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herói Moderno  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Pierre is shown at the circus getting on a horse and going around the ring counter-clockwise. But, in the close-up shots, he is going around clockwise. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
(uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Played on the organ when Pierre tells his mother he hates the circus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Life Is a Circus for Richard Barthelmess
12 February 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Irresistible French circus boy Richard Barthelmess (as Pierre Radier) is a bareback rider in more ways than one, after impregnating pretty Jean Muir (as Joanna Ryan). Although Mr. Barthelmess is willing to marry Ms. Muir, she decides to wed a more financially stable suitor. Alcoholic mother Marjorie Rambeau (as "Madame Azais"), who lost her left arm to a favorite circus leopard, saw this coming; of dubious origin, Ms. Rambeau tells son Barthelmess he was the illegitimate son of a wealthy lover. Barthelmess wants to become wealthy, too...

Predicting, "Someday, I'm going to be rich," he leaves the circus and eventually becomes a millionaire businessman. As the decades pass, Barthelmess continues to have affairs with well-heeled blondes, like Florence Eldridge (as Leah Ernst) and Verree Teasdale (as Claire Benston). This causes brunette wife Dorothy Burgess (as Hazel Flint) much distress. Barthelmess also keeps contact with his son by Muir, and helps the boy grow from poor Mickey Rentschler into pampered William Janney (as Pierre Croy). All may be in store for tragedy…

Despite the presence of accomplished actor Barthelmess and acclaimed director G.W. Pabst, "A Modern Hero" is a muddled melodrama; the former is miscast, and the latter misguided. This was Barthelmess' penultimate Warner Bros. film; the studio let him go after this and the forthcoming "Midnight Alibi" (1934) failed to draw the crowds necessary to continue to employ the studio's high-paid star. "A Modern Hero" is also notable as Mr. Pabst's only Hollywood sound film. It has moments.

***** A Modern Hero (4/21/34) G.W. Pabst ~ Richard Barthelmess, Jean Muir, Marjorie Rambeau, William Janney


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?