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Scarlet Dawn (1932)

A Russian aristocrat and his servant girl escape to Turkey during the revolution.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Niven Busch (screen play), Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Nikita Krasnoff
Nancy Carroll ... Tanyusha
Lilyan Tashman ... Vera Zimina
Guy Kibbee ... Murphy
Sheila Terry ... Marjorie
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Storyline

February, 1917. Returning to the German front after a sybaritic leave in Moscow, Russian officer Nikita Krasnoff and his brigade are met by the first troop revolts. In the growing anarchy of the Revolution, Nikita finds himself isolated, and must make his risky way to Turkey in the unexpected company of his adoring (but virtuous) former servant Tanyusha. In Istanbul, Nikita and Tanyusha reach an understanding... but their happiness is threatened by the reappearance of Nikita's former mistress Vera, offering a false semblance of the old life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Though labeled as "Forbidden Hollywood", the evidence is missing. Perhaps it is in the 19 minutes not in this version. According to Maltin's "Classic Movies" p.485, the original length was 76 minutes, not 57. See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during and after the wedding ceremony, and often as the love theme for Nikita and Tanyusha
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From riches to rags
30 September 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

To be able to tell a story so eventful in less an hour is in itself a feat and William Dieterlé can't be praised too highly just for that .There are so many characters that sometimes the viewer does not know anymore who is who :even czar Nicholas appears in the flesh at the beginning.Never a dull moment;the Russian revolution only takes two scenes : the railway station where the hero is (fortunately) late and the panic in the streets .There's also a scene in his castle which the revolutionaries plunder : Jacques Feyder would copy it in his own "knight without armor" (1937);in that movie ,Marlene Dietrich is the noble one whereas her co-star Robert Donat is a plebeian.

Dieterle's taste for melodrama comes to the fore in the second part which takes place in Turkey. The connection between the scenes is sometimes thin and leaves the best till last.If this movie were remade,the ending would certainly be modified today.


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