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Red Salute (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 September 1935 (USA)
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.


Sidney Lanfield


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




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 ... Army Officer
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... League Speaker
Selmer Jackson ... Army Officer


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! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


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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I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Music by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob
Lyrics by William M. Hough and Frank R. Adams
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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Even cuter than 'It Happened One Night'
1 October 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Just as cute and with an incredibly similar storyline and banter style as It Happened One Night, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young head up the cast of this adorable romantic comedy Red Salute. For some reason It Happened One Night swept the Oscars and no one's ever heard of Red Salute. Maybe this one didn't become a classic because it pokes fun at the fear of Communism; but then again, Frank Capra's comedy makes fun of wife-beating.

In this one, Barbara Stanwyck is in love with a man her father disapproves of. She's spoiled and rich, and to prevent their marriage, her dad, Purnell Pratt, tries to trick her into going to Mexico. She meets Robert Young, who's also broke and trying to find his way home, so together, they hitchhike their way back to the US. Sound familiar?

As much as I love Claudette Colbert and think she's two tons of adorable, I like Red Salute better. It's just as funny, clever, and silly, but it doesn't have the sting of winning five undeserved Academy Awards lurking in the background. Try this one out when you're in the mood for a cute romantic comedy in the afternoon.

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Release Date:

12 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Girl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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