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Blockade (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 June 1938 (USA)
A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writer:

John Howard Lawson (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ... Norma
Henry Fonda ... Marco
Leo Carrillo ... Luis
John Halliday ... Andre Gallinet
Reginald Denny ... Edward Grant
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Basil, Norma's Father
Robert Warwick ... Vallejo
Fred Kohler ... Pietro (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... Major Del Rio
Peter Godfrey ... Roderigo - Cafe Magician
Nick Thompson ... Beppo
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Waitress
William B. Davidson ... Commandant (as Wm. B. Davidson)
Lupita Tovar ... Cabaret Girl
Katherine DeMille ... Peasant Girl
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Storyline

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Romance under Fire ! Love versus Bullets and a million souls

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castles in Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Walter Wanger was not deterred by pre-release threats of problems and boycotts from pro-fascist foreign governments. He responded, "Not only do we meekly take intimidation from abroad, but we jump obediently when almost anybody in this country says, 'Frog!' It's ridiculous, and I, for one, don't intend to continue. I'm going to release this Spanish picture as is, and if it's banned in Europe, I'll have to take my loss.". See more »

Quotes

Marco: [last lines, after being told to find peace] Marco: Peace? Where can you find it? Our country's been turned into a battlefield! There's no safety for old people and children. Women can't keep their families safe in their houses; they can't be safe in their own fields! Churches, schools, hospitals are targets! It's not war; war is between soldiers! It's murder! Murder of innocent people! There's no sense to it. The world can stop it! Where's the conscience of the world?
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When the ship comes in
28 November 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The Fonda/Caroll romance is one of the weakest you can see in a thirties film.He seems to appear haphazardly at the most awkward moments.That leads us to a Corneille-like situation:Fonda has killed his love's father.

Politically,the film remains vague,always referring to the enemy as "they" like in Borzage 's 'three comrades" (but that was a great film though).The war was over on the first of March 1939;thus the film ,made in 1938,warns us ,in a clumsy way,that it's only the beginning:propaganda movies can be great,but it takes a strong screenplay (best example:"the mortal storm" Frank Borzage) and not a cat and mouse play between spies ,corrupt officers and profiteers of war.

In consequence ,the best scenes ,IMHO,are those which deal with the masses;the starving faces ,watching the ship sinking down are reminiscent of Eisenstein,whose influence was huge at the time.


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