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:
Leo Carrillo ...
Andre Gallinet
Edward Grant
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Basil, Norma's Father
Robert Warwick ...
Fred Kohler ...
Pietro (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Carlos De Valdez ...
Major Del Rio
Peter Godfrey ...
Roderigo - Cafe Magician
Nick Thompson ...
Rosina Galli ...
William B. Davidson ...
Commandant (as Wm. B. Davidson)
Lupita Tovar ...
Cabaret Girl
Peasant Girl


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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Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Castles in Spain  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Producr Walter Wanger was not deterred by pre-release threats of problems and boycotts from pro-fascist foreign governments. He responded, "Not only do we meekly take intimidation from abroad, but we jump obediently when almost anybody in this country says, 'Frog!' It's ridiculous, and I , for one, don'y intend to continue. I'm going to release this Spanish picture as is, and if it's banned in Europe, I'll have to take my loss. See more »


Marco: [last lines, after being told to find peace] Marco: Peace? Where can you find it? Our country's been turned into a battlefield! There's no safety for old people and children. Women can't keep their families safe in their houses; they can't be safe in their own fields! Churches, schools, hospitals are targets! It's not war; war is between soldiers! It's murder! Murder of innocent people! There's no sense to it. The world can stop it! Where's 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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