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Fugitive Road (1934)

An Austrian officer must face up to the good and evil aspects of his own personality as he becomes involved in a war.


Frank R. Strayer, Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)


Charles Belden (story and screenplay), Robert Ellis (story and screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erich von Stroheim ... Hauptmann Oswald Von Traunsee
Wera Engels ... Sonya Valinoff
Leslie Fenton ... Frank Riker
George Humbert George Humbert ... Papa Vinocchio
Hank Mann ... Johann - Traunsee's Orderly
Harry Holman ... Burgomaster
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Doctor
Michael Visaroff ... Police Captain
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Lt. Berne (as William von Brincken)
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... Herbert Smythe - Ambulance Driver
Anna Demetrio ... Mama Vinocchio
Leonid Kinskey ... Nicholas Petrovich - Smuggler
Florence Enright Florence Enright ... Burgomaster's Wife
Harry Schultz Harry Schultz ... Sergeant
Edith Kingdon Edith Kingdon ... Tourist


An Austrian officer must face up to the good and evil aspects of his own personality as he becomes involved in a war.

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Release Date:

22 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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House of Strangers See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented West Coast telecasts in San Francisco Monday 28 July 1952 on KRON (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 1 October 1952 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Strayer's Film.... But Von Stroheim's Performance Dominates
25 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Erich von Stroheim is the captain of an Austrian border guard. One day American gangster Leslie Fenton crashes through from Italy and is detained. Wera Engels is likewise detained on her way from Hungary to the United States. Soon a triangle develops among the three of them.

there are claims that von Stroheim co-directed this without credit. Well, Perhaps. Von was famous for taking over any production he was appearing in, and his role is his standard lecherous officer that he had been playing since the First World War. In fact, except for the streak of sadness, it's almost identical with his performance in the second half of GRAND ILLUSION minus the back brace. Although he may have directed the bits where Hank Mann plays his orderly, official director Frank Strayer was one of those efficient B directors with a knack for comedy, broad and subtle. Just as Renoir would with his masterpiece, I'm sure Strayer was happy to let Von do whatever he wanted. However, von Stroheim was done as a director, and would shortly be on his way to Europe. The result is a sprightly comedy of lust under the production code, enlivened by the von Stroheim's performance and the echoes of his aristocratic perverts.

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