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The Last Train from Madrid (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 20 August 1937 (France)
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Cast overview:
Carmelita Castillo
Eduardo de Soto
Baroness Helene Rafitte
Col. Vigo
Juan Ramos
Maria Bonda
Capt. Ricardo Álvarez
Michael Balk


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Thousands Flee As Bombs Rain On Madrid




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Release Date:

20 August 1937 (France)  »

Also Known As:

De laatste trein uit Madrid  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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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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