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Under Two Flags (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 1 May 1936 (USA)
Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends ... See full summary »

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Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Ouida (by: a story of the French foreign legion), W.P. Lipscomb (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Sgt. Victor
Claudette Colbert ... Cigarette
Victor McLaglen ... Maj. Doyle
Rosalind Russell ... Lady Venetia Cunningham
Gregory Ratoff ... Ivan
Nigel Bruce ... Capt. Menzies
C. Henry Gordon ... Lt. Petaine
Herbert Mundin ... Rake
John Carradine ... Cafard (scenes deleted)
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Seraph
J. Edward Bromberg ... Col, Ferol
Onslow Stevens ... Sidi-Ben Youssiff
Fritz Leiber ... French Governor
Thomas Beck ... Pierre
William Ricciardi ... Cigarette's Father
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Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends Victor on dangerous assignments to be rid of him. He falls in love with Lady Venetia Cunningham, a visitor to the garrison. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Claudette Colbert finds her perfect screen sweetheart at last in Ronald Colman See more »

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Adventure | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

1 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo dos banderas See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Even though John Carradine's scenes have been deleted, he does appear on at least one of the 11x14 photolobbies. See more »

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Referenced in Here's Lucy: Lucy and Carol Burnett (1971) See more »

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Les Trois Capitaines
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Hooray for French colonialism....
24 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, there were a bunch of movies that glorified the French Foreign Legion and featured them as the good guys. Considering the films were made here in the States, it does seem odd that these colonials were talked about at all as well as glorified...but there was apparently some sort of romantic notion of bravery and chivalry associated with this army. Films such as "Beau Hunks", "Beau Geste", "Under Two Flags" and "Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion" are just a few of the many such films of the era about this outfit.

This film is set in North Africa and you must ignore that the natives are sometimes referred to as Arabs...they are most likely Libyans, Algerians, Tunesians or, perhaps, Moroccans--all North African countries occupied by the French at that time. The commanding officer, the Major (Victor McLaglen), has a bit of an infatuation with a girl oddly named 'Cigarette' (Claudette Colbert) and after a while, so does Sergeant Victor (Ronald Colman). But when a British lady (Rosalind Russell) shows up in the middle of this desert town, Victor is smitten and now has TWO ladies who think he's their boyfriend. Amidst these smoldering passions is an uprising (what else?!) among the natives and it's up to the Legion to kick butt and restore the peace.

While the cast is quite nice in this one, the film itself is only ordinary. I think much of the problem is that "Beau Geste" came out about the same time and was simply a much more exciting and interesting movie. It's watchable and mildly interesting but not much more.

FYI--It is interesting to see Claudette Colbert playing a French lady and using a French accent, as she was born and lived in France until she was a young girl. I assume her family must have spoken French at home and approximating the French accent must have been pretty natural for her.


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