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La bandera (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 May 1939 (USA)
Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion. He meets there two fellow countrymen, Mulot and ... See full summary »


Julien Duvivier


Pierre Dumarchais (novel) (as Pierre MacOrlan), Julien Duvivier (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Annabella ... Aischa la Slaoui
Jean Gabin ... Pierre Gilieth
Robert Le Vigan ... Fernando Lucas
Raymond Aimos ... Marcel Mulot
Pierre Renoir ... Le capitaine Weller
Gaston Modot ... Le légionnaire Muller
Margo Lion ... Planche-à-Pain
Charles Granval ... Le ségovien
Reine Paulet Reine Paulet ... Rosita
Viviane Romance ... La fille de Barcelone
Jesús Castro Blanco Jesús Castro Blanco ... Le sergent
Robert Ozanne Robert Ozanne ... Le légionnaire tatoué
Maurice Lagrenée Maurice Lagrenée ... Siméon
Louis Florencie ... Gorlier
Little Jacky Little Jacky ... Le légionnaire Weber


Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion. He meets there two fellow countrymen, Mulot and Lucas. He tries to forget his fault... but Lucas's friendship soon appears to be less unselfish... Written by Yepok

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A film by JULIEN DUVIVIER, director of "The Great Waltz" and "Un Carnet du Bal" See more »


Drama | Romance | War


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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »


concierge: Hey, you speak Spanish now!
Pierre Gilieth: No, but I understand the situation.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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Bridegrooms of Death
12 September 2020 | by osbornj-00213See all my reviews

The Spanish Foreign Legion this is set in was founded in 1920 modeled on the French one to be an international vanguard to crush an uprising by Berber tribes of the Riff mountains in Spain's Protectorate of Northern Morocco. They called themselves the Bridegrooms of Death, 10,000 killed in its first 20 years. Francisco Franco was first Deputy Commander, then Commander, it was said, could terrify murderers with just a glance. It has never been as international as the French, usually 90% native Spanish, in the multinational mix in its history an ex-Texas Ranger, Australian undertaker, Cambridge law student, Polish count, Sikh from India. It acquired a reputation for brutality, in training and combat, worse than the French.The film's climax was based on an actual incident. The actual Legionnaires filmed here a year later went into the Spanish Civil War on Franco's side,, few surviving. It crushed an uprising in the Spanish Sahara in 1957-1958, left there in 1976, served in U.N. Peacekeeping missions, with NATO in Afghanistan. Reports by two British deserters of brutality in the 1980's led NATO on admitting Spain in 1987 as conditions to curb mistreatment, not to accept recruits from member nations. It was closed to non-Spanish in 1987, opened again in 2000, draws non-Spanish recruits from Africa and Latin America, and garrisons two fortress enclaves on the Moroccan cast, Mellila and Ceuta, dating from the 1500's the Spanish consider their soil Antonio Banderas' character Galgo in the third Expendables movie sings and talks about being in the Legion.

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2 May 1939 (USA) See more »

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