Up 12,142 this week

A Modern Hero (1934)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  21 April 1934 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 97 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

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 »


(as G.W. Pabst)


(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 771 titles
created 04 Mar 2012
a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
a list of 214 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Search for "A Modern Hero" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Modern Hero (1934)

A Modern Hero (1934) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Modern Hero.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Alan Crosland
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Ann Dvorak, Helen Chandler
It's a Gift (1934)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Ilka Grüning
Baby Face (1933)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Agnes Esterhazy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon
Don Quichotte II (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

German language version of Don Quixote by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, shot simultaneusly with the English and French versions and, like those, starring Feodor Chaliapin Sr., but with a different supporting cast.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Feodor Chaliapin Sr., Dorville, Mady Berry
That Night (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Marc Sorkin
Stars: Madeleine Soria, Lucien Rozenberg, William Aguet
Don Quichotte I (1933)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The French version of G.W.Pabst's monumental three-language (English, French and German - separate versions each) filming of Cervantes' classic novel. The German version seems to be lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Feodor Chaliapin Sr., Dorville, René Donnio
Der Prozeß (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1882 a country girl disappears from a small Hungarian village. The inhabitants suggest that she was murdered by the Jews. Everything is done to accuse them before the trial. A study in ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Ewald Balser, Marianne Schönauer, Ernst Deutsch


Complete credited cast:
Jean Muir ...
Joanna Ryan Croy
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mme. Azais
Verree Teasdale ...
Lady Claire Benston
Florence Eldridge ...
Leah Ernst
Dorothy Burgess ...
Hazel Flint Radier
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Henry Mueller
William Janney ...
Young Pierre Croy
Arthur Hohl ...
Homer Flint
Theodore Newton ...
Elmer Croy
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Mr. Ryan
Maidel Turner ...
Aunt Clara Weingartner
Mickey Rentschler ...
Young Pierre as a Child
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Eggelson
Judith Vosselli ...
Mrs. Eggelson


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis








Release Date:

21 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herói Moderno  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 (Earth) – 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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Modern Hero (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: