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Hearts in Bondage (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 26 May 1936 (USA)
Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his... See full summary »

Director:

Lew Ayres

Writers:

Bernard Schubert (screen play), Olive Cooper (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ... Lt. Kenneth Reynolds
Mae Clarke ... Constance Jordan
David Manners ... Raymond Jordan
Charlotte Henry ... Julie Buchanan
Henry B. Walthall ... Capt. Buchanan
Fritz Leiber ... Capt. John Ericsson
George Irving ... Commodore Jordan
Irving Pichel ... Secretary of War Sumner Gideon Welles
J.M. Kerrigan ... Paddy Callahan
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Abraham Lincoln
Ben Alexander ... Eggleston
Oscar Apfel ... Capt. Gilman
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Lt. Worden
Edward Gargan ... 'Mac' McPherson
Russell Hicks ... Sen. Pillsbury
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Storyline

Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his native Virginia while Kenneth remains on duty as a Northern officer. Kenneth's uncle, John Ericsson, designs a new kind of ship, an ironclad he calls the Monitor. Eventually the war pits Kenneth, on board the Monitor, against his friend Raymond, serving aboard the South's own ironclad, the Merrimac (as it is called here). A naval battle ensues, one that will go down in history. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1936 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only film directed by Lew Ayres. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene the piccolo player not only mimes his finger movements very badly but the angle of his embouchure is incorrect; no sound would result. See more »

Crazy Credits

(Opening dedication) This is a story of ships and men -- iron ships and men of iron -- the monitors of liberty. To the first "Monitor" of them all, to the gallant men who fought for and against her, this picture is respectfully dedicated. See more »

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Absolutely wretched...wretched from start to finish!
1 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Without a doubt, this movie has among the worst dialog I have ever heard in a film--and I have reviewed well over 11,000 films! So much of what the people say actually sounds as if the script was written by a 12 year-old! It's filled with platitudes, schmaltz and clichés--all of which make NONE of the film seem the least bit real. It's a shame, really, as the idea of the film is great. After all, how many films have celebrated the most amazing naval battle of the Civil War--the fight between the CSS Virginia and the USS Merrimack. Unfortunately, while it is great that the film is about this battle, it also is jam-packed full of historical inaccuracies--not the least of which is that every time they talk about the Virginia, they call it the Merrimack--the name given to the ship originally when it was a Union ship. But, after having been burned and sunk, the hull was used to create the Virginia--and its crew certainly would NOT keep referring to her as the Merrimack! But this isn't all, so much of the story is pure hogwash--and about as much is right about the film as is wrong--including the whole silly back story about the court martial.

The bottom line is that aside from the theme, it is a cringe-worthy film. Not only is the dialog dumb, but at the end of the film good 'ol Abe Lincoln himself stops by to have a nice little chat with the hero and his conflicted girlfriend. I HATE when films toss in Abe Lincoln as a cheap plot device--another reason I also hated "Of Human Hearts"--another dopey Civil War film hindered by schmaltzy dialog and a complete waste of good actors.

By the way, this film was directed by Lew Ayers--the actor. Now we can see why he's know to us as an actor and not a director!


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