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Hearts in Bondage (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History | 26 May 1936 (USA)
Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his... See full summary »

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James Dunn ...
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Constance Jordan
David Manners ...
Raymond Jordan
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Julie Buchanan
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Capt. Buchanan
Fritz Leiber ...
Capt. John Ericsson
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Commodore Jordan
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J.M. Kerrigan ...
Paddy Callahan
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
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Eggleston
Oscar Apfel ...
Capt. Gilman
Clay Clement ...
Lt. Worden
Edward Gargan ...
'Mac' McPherson
Russell Hicks ...
Sen. Pillsbury
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Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his native Virginia while Kenneth remains on duty as a Northern officer. Kenneth's uncle, John Ericsson, designs a new kind of ship, an ironclad he calls the Monitor. Eventually the war pits Kenneth, on board the Monitor, against his friend Raymond, serving aboard the South's own ironclad, the Merrimac (as it is called here). A naval battle ensues, one that will go down in history. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In the opening scene the piccolo player not only mimes his finger movements very badly but the angle of his embouchure is incorrect; no sound would result. See more »

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(Opening dedication) This is a story of ships and men -- iron ships and men of iron -- the monitors of liberty. To the first "Monitor" of them all, to the gallant men who fought for and against her, this picture is respectfully dedicated. See more »

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Early History Effort
8 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What those who trash this film fail to point out is that the film was one of the earliest attempt to make a movie about an historical event. As such, it can be forgiven minor inaccuracies but overall it was an accurate and informative movie. For those movie goers that didn't read history books, this was their first introduction to the topic and they couldn't help but learn something about that event in history.

The film makers did a pretty good job of touching upon all the important issues (such as the confusion about what to do about the encroachment of threatening secessionists against the Gosport Naval Yard) that affected the eventual clash of ironclads. And generally, despite the aesthetic flaws that reviewers point out, it was in important movie in the history of film.

Worth a look.


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