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Blockade (1938)

 -  Drama | War  -  17 June 1938 (USA)
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A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ...
Leo Carrillo ...
Andre Gallinet
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Basil, Norma's Father
Robert Warwick ...
General Vallejo
Edward Grant
Peter Godfrey ...
Roderigo - Cafe Magician
William B. Davidson ...
Katherine DeMille ...
Peasant Woman on Train
Fred Kohler ...
Carlos De Valdez ...
Major del Rio
Nick Thompson ...
George Houston ...
The Troubador (as George Byron)
Lupita Tovar ...
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A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Romance under Fire ! Love versus Bullets and a million souls


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17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Castles in Spain  »

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The original title of this film was "The River is Blue" and the original director was to be Lewis Milestone. Kurt Weill even wrote music for the original project that was never used (lyrics by 'Ann Ronell)'. The title was changed to "Castles in Spain," then to "Blockade." The topic of the Spanish Civil War was politically sensitive and there is some hint that the upheavals of the original project were due to the political content of the film. See more »


[last lines]
Marco: Where is the conscience of the world?
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Shallow and Corny Melodrama
6 December 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the spring of 1936 in Castelmare, the peasants Marco (Henry Fonda) and Luis (Leo Carrillo) help the aristocratic Russian Norma (Madeleine Carroll) that had a car accident while driving to the house of her father Basil (Vladimir Sokoloff) and Marco falls in love with Norma.

Sooner the Spanish Civil War begins and Marco leads a group of peasants to defend Castelmare and he is assigned lieutenant of the rebels' army. Meanwhile, Basil and Norma are forced to spy for Andre Gallinet (John Halliday). Marco suspects of Basil and follows him to his room. When Basil reacts, Marco kills him in a shooting.

Meanwhile, Castelmare is under siege and without supplies, and Norma escapes from Marco. But she is blackmailed by Gallibet and forced to return to Castelmare with information about the ship that is bringing supplies for the population.

"Blockade" is a shallow and corny melodrama during the Spanish Civil War (17 July 1936 to 01 April 1939). The dull romance between Marco and Norma has no chemistry and the author uses a historical event that is happening in 1938 in a neutral position and no references. The final speech of Henry Fonda's character is one of the awfullest conclusions that I have ever seen in a classic. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Bloqueio" ("Blockade")

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