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Storm at Daybreak (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 July 1933 (USA)
Sarajevo June 28, 1914. Dushan, the Serbian mayor of a Hungarian town, has come to see the parade of Archduke Ferdinand. While there he runs into Geza, an old friend in the Hungarian Army ... See full summary »


Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky)


Sándor Hunyady (play) (as Sandor Hunyady), Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Irina Radovic
Nils Asther ... Captain Geza Petery
Walter Huston ... Mayor Dushan Radovic
Phillips Holmes ... Csaholyi
Eugene Pallette ... Janos
C. Henry Gordon ... Panto Nikitch
Louise Closser Hale ... Militza Brooska
Jean Parker ... Danitza


Sarajevo June 28, 1914. Dushan, the Serbian mayor of a Hungarian town, has come to see the parade of Archduke Ferdinand. While there he runs into Geza, an old friend in the Hungarian Army and invites him to come to his house and visit him and his new wife. Tensions between the Serbs and the Hungarians in the Austro-Hungarian Empire reach their boiling point when a Serb assassinates the Archduke and war breaks out. Dushan returns home desperately trying to keep the Serbs in his town loyal to Austro-Hungary while protecting his people from the suspicious Hungarian army. His new wife, Irina, sides with the Serbs and hides deserters in the barn. Geza arrives to search the premises. Dushan gives his word there are no deserters at his home but afterwards his wife tells him the truth and talks him into using his servant Panto to help the deserters escape while she distracts Geza by flirting with him. Geza sees through her ruse but lets the deserters escape because he is beginning to fall in ... Written by Brian Cady <cadyb@home.com>

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"IF A WOMAN MARRIES THE WRONG MAN- AND THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG- TOO LATE..." (Print Ad-Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 20 July 1933)


Drama | Romance | War








Release Date:

14 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Rhapsody See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first documented telecast of this film took place in Cincinnati Friday 19 April 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), followed by Altoona PA 1 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Chicago 3 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Lubbock TX 6 May 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), and by Salt Lake City 10 May 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4); in Seattle it first aired 8 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Amarillo TX 25 July 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19), in Portland OR 30 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), and in Minneapolis 30 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); in San Francisco it was initially telecast 31 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City 8 June 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, finally, in Los Angeles 25 May 1961 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


Capt. Geza Petery: I want to be alone with you.
Irina Radovic: You didn't have to say it, Geza. I heard you.
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Artist's Life, Op.316
Written by Johann Strauss
Played and danced to as the last waltz at the party
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Another masterpiece of cinematography from a sow's ear
9 October 2006 | by westerfieldSee all my reviews

I've been wanting burn a DVD of this film since I saw it about a year ago on TCM. Finally had the chance today. It's another Boleslavski film where every frame is art - see Fugitive Lovers. No one - not even Von Sternberg photographing Dietrich - took more care is setting the scene. Lighting, foreground, background, focus, all show a master's touch. Even the quick cuts of a second or less show the love affair of a man with his art. And just about every supporting villain in Hollywood is in it: C. Henry Gordon, Lucien Prival, Mischa Auer, Akim Tamiroff, Leonid Kinskey and Charles Halton (almost all uncredited). And not even mentioned in IMDb: J. Carroll Naish as an assassin. The rousing coach ride finale is a precursor to The Body Snatcher's and almost as good. Overall a schmaltzy Kay Francis vehicle made palatable by a great director. The film shows Boleslavski's versatility: here an epic versus Fugitive Lovers where almost everything happens on a bus. Too bad he died so early.

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