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Red Salute (1935)

The rebellious daughter of an army general becomes involved with a communist agitator, much to the consternation of her father, who instead attempts to pair her with a handsome yet dim-witted soldier.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Humphrey Pearson (story and screenplay), Manuel Seff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Drue Van Allen
Robert Young ... Uncle Sam
Hardie Albright ... Leonard Arner
Cliff Edwards ... P.J. Rooney
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Edith Rooney
Gordon Jones ... Michael (Lefty) Jones
Paul Stanton ... Louis Martin
Purnell Pratt ... Gen. Van Allen
Nella Walker ... Aunt Betty
Arthur Vinton ... Joe Beal
Edward McWade ... Baldy
Henry Kolker ... Dean
Allan Cavan Allan Cavan ... Army Officer
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... League Speaker
Selmer Jackson ... Army Officer
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Storyline

The rebellious daughter of an army general gets involved with a Communist agitator, mainly to annoy her father. He arranges to have her kidnapped and taken to Mexico--hoping that she will forget her "Red" boyfriend--by a young, handsome soldier named Jeff who, while somewhat of a goof-up, the general believes is still better for her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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True! Timely! Terrific! See the effect RED teachings have on the youth of today!

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Girl See more »

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Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this film premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York in 1935, the leftist, anti-war National Students League stood outside leading a boycott. Inside the theater, there were fist fights between students and angry anti-communists, resulting in the arrest of 18 people. See more »

Quotes

Border Patrolman: You're under arrest.
P.J. Rooney: You can't arrest them unless you arrest me. I'm an accessory.
Mrs. Edith Rooney: I'lll say you are - a bicycle pump!
Border Patrolman: You haven't done anything. We don't want you. She'll take you.
P.J. Rooney: [Throws can through patrolmen's windowshield, then holds out hands for handcuffs]
Border Patrolman: We still don't want you!
Mrs. Edith Rooney: I'll take you!
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A Red Headed Widow Was the Cause of it All
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Briefly sung by Tom Dugan
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Barbara's in love with a Communist
6 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This independent film released through United Artists was Barbara Stanwyck's first venture into comedy. According to a biography of her she made this one immediately after splitting from husband Frank Fay and she was staying with Zeppo Marx and his wife.

Reading the blurb about Red Salute I can hardly believe that anyone got so worked up over this rather innocuous screen comedy. Actual fistfights occurred in the audience and the American Communist Party picketed this film probably bringing in a few more bucks at the box office as a result.

Stanwyck is an army brat, daughter of General Purnell Pratt and she's committed the foulest of sins according to him, she's in love with a Communist student Hardie Albright. But the army has the goods on him, he's not a US citizen and can be deported for something if they can find some kind of charge like inciting to riot. Mere free speech won't do it, there's that First Amendment you know.

Through a series of comical and drunken accidents she and enlisted man Robert Young leave together and even hijack a trailer from its owner Cliff Edwards. Truth be told Edwards would like to get away from that harridan of a wife he married Ruth Donnelly.

After this it becomes one of dozens of imitation films of It Happened One Night. That time on the road with Young with Cliff Edwards crooning I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now make Stanwyck see the error of her ways even if she won't admit it.

Red Salute is a pleasant and innocuous sort of film, a much better view of radical student politics of the 30s is found in The Way We Were. I also couldn't help thinking that if Albright avoided deportation he'd be in front of the House Un American Activities Committee in a dozen years.

A sequel film with that as a premise might have proved interesting.


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