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Captured! (1933)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 August 1933 (USA)
Captain Fred Allison has been in a German Prisoner of War Camp for a long time. It has been two years since he last saw Monica, a girl he met, married and bought a house with in six days ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Philip Gibbs (story "Fellow Prisoners") (as Sir Philip Gibbs), Edward Chodorov (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Capt. Fred Allison
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Lt. Jack 'Dig' Digby
Paul Lukas ... Col. Carl Ehrlich
Margaret Lindsay ... Monica A. Allison
Robert Barrat ... The Commandant
Arthur Hohl ... Cocky
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Strogin
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... Joe 'Tex' Martin (as William LeMaire)
J. Carrol Naish ... Cpl. Guarand (as J. Carroll Naish)
Philip Faversham ... Lt. Haversham (as Phillip Faversham)
Frank Reicher ... Herr Hauptman - the Adjutant
Joyce Coad Joyce Coad ... Elsa - German Milkmaid
Bert Sprotte Bert Sprotte ... Sergeant Major
Harry Cording ... First Orderly
Halliwell Hobbes ... British Major General (as Halliwell Hobbs)
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Storyline

Captain Fred Allison has been in a German Prisoner of War Camp for a long time. It has been two years since he last saw Monica, a girl he met, married and bought a house with in six days before leaving for the front. It has also been a very long time since she had last wrote to him. A month after all the prisoners have been put into lock down after a failed prison break, two things change. One is that the camp gets a new commandant and the other is that Fred's oldest and dearest friend Digby shows up. While Fred is happy to see Digby, he says little about Monica, whom Fred speaks of constantly. Unable to tell Fred that Monica had fallen in love with him, Digby escapes back to his own lines. But because of a murder that occured during his escape, he may be facing the trial of his life and also the trial by Fred who found a letter that Monica wrote to Digby. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capturado See more »

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Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane escape sequence at the end used 75 biplanes and 1,500 people, and was filmed at night. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place during the World War I years (the 1910s), but all of Margaret Lindsay's clothing and hairstyles are strictly 1933. See more »

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Joe 'Tex' Martin: It reminds me of the time I was brandin' longhorns, just outside of El Paso. Well, sir, them critters was shut up so long they was just plain, ornery, mean. Bustin' out and rarin' to go. That I...
Cocky: That you went to call out the bleedin' state militia! Blimy, we know all about it! I'm going balmy listening to it! So help me!
Joe 'Tex' Martin: Well, listen here...
Cocky: And we know all about the time you was chasin' rustlers on the border! And all about the time you and that Mexican had that knifin' match in Santa Fe! ...
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Under-Seen WWI POW Film that is Gritty and Gripping
25 August 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Obscure WWI Pre-Code Movie Starring Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. It is a Gritty, Violent, and Compelling POW Story Based on a Novel by Sir Philip Gibbs, a Non-Fiction Chronicler of the Great War and a Liberal Spokesperson of the Era.

This is a Gripping, Downer of a Film (as it should be), Peppered by a Love Triangle that is the Nucleus of the Otherwise Nastiness that Goes On and Besides the Prisoners Plight is What Drives the Story.

The Production is Striking and the Darkness of the Situation is Enhanced by the Almost Exclusive Night-Time Shoot. Very Rare in the Early Thirties.

The Result is a Film that Looks and Feels Different From Others of the Era. The Movie is Bookended with Two Rousing Escape Scenes that are Well Choreographed and Brutal.

Overall, This is an Underseen and Virtually Unknown WWI Film that is Sure to Impress When Discovered.


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