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Captain Swagger (1928)

Hugh Drummond goes broke living too high and turns to crime in order to pay his bills.


Edward H. Griffith


Adelaide Heilbron (adaptation), Paul Perez (titles) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Rod La Rocque ... Captain Swagger / Hugh Drummond
Sue Carol ... Sue Arnold - Dancer
Richard Tucker ... Phil Poole
Victor Potel ... Jean
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Von Dictor


Hugh Drummond goes broke living too high and turns to crime in order to pay his bills.

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A German ace, his life was saved by his gallant enemy- He cast the bread upon the waters of life and was repaid an hundred fold- a great picture. (Print ad- Ogdensburg Advance and St. Lawrence Sunday Democrat, ((Ogdensburg, NY)) 28 October 1928)


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

14 October 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitão Mata Sete See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Captain Swagger flies a SPAD with Hat in the Ring markings of the Escadrille Lafayette (but with a rudely positioned hand added. Von Stahl flies what appears to be a Fokker DVII with markings of a snake squashing the Hat. See more »


Captain Swagger
Written by Charles Weinberg and Irving Bibo
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Rather silly...
19 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Captain Swagger" is a late silent film that has slipped into the public domain. Considering how inconsequential the movie is, I can understand why its copyright was allowed to expire.

Then the film begins, it's World War I and Hugh Drummond (Rod La Rocque) is a devil-may-care pilot. During one engagement with the infamous German ace, Van Stahl, one ends up saving the life of the other through some stupid sense of chivalry*. The war ends and Hugh has trouble establishing himself and makes a few bucks working for films doing stunt flying. He then meets a nice young lady who is also down on her luck. To win her, the audience things Drummond has resorted to a life of crime (the summary on IMDb is wrong about this by the way) and in the process meets his old nemesis Van Stahl--who really IS a crook. Drummond decides to help him straighten up his act and the film ends.

This is a very inconsequential film and the plot never makes much sense. It could have used more acting, a more complex script and a reason to watch it in the first place.

*I am so happy that Drummond and Van Stahl became buddies and looked on each other as comrades. This does seem ludicrous, however, in light of 17,000,000 dead.

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