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. Its initial television broadcasts took place in Milwaukee Tuesday 28 April on WITI (Channel 6), in Pittsburgh 23 September 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Omaha 13 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Toledo 16 November 1959 on WTOL Channel 11), in Johnstown 24 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Los Angeles 6 February 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 8 July 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »
Hollywood tiptoed on eggshells when it came to the Spanish Civil War. This film is no exception. The plot is similar in style to MGM's "Grand Hotel" where separate stories are intermingled with the plot. The most interesting part of this film for me was the depiction of a woman's column marching to the front. But then one of the women sounded like she was from the Bronx and we never found out what happened to the column. Some of the acting is over the top like the dialog. But it is always fun to see Anthony Quinn,Lionel Atwill and Gilbert Roland. Bits of newsreel from the bombing of what appears to be Madrid are spliced in between the Hollywood back lot sets.
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