One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Conventional melodrama with cliché characters and situations...
Before America's involvement in the Second World War, Hollywood's attitudes towards events in Europe were, to say the least, ambiguous Greed (the fear of losing foreign markets), and the threat of backlash from powerful isolationist groups within the country meant that the films tended to avoid the controversial issues of fascism Hollywood as a whole though there were a few dedicated anti-fascists prided itself on not taking sides
Two films claiming to be about the Spanish Civil War somehow managed to evade mentioning who the combatants were and what the fighting was about
'The Last Train From Madrid' is a conventional melodrama about the plight of a group of people waiting to board the last train out of a besieged Madrid The war has no other function here than to provide the element of suspense More serious is 'Blockade,'1938 directed by William Dieterle The film stars Henry Fonda as a Spanish peasant who reluctantly takes arms to defend his country
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