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Under Two Flags (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 1 May 1936 (USA)
Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Ouida (by: a story of the French foreign legion), W.P. Lipscomb (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Sgt. Victor
Claudette Colbert ... Cigarette
Victor McLaglen ... Maj. Doyle
Rosalind Russell ... Lady Venetia Cunningham
Gregory Ratoff ... Ivan
Nigel Bruce ... Capt. Menzies
C. Henry Gordon ... Lt. Petaine
Herbert Mundin ... Rake
John Carradine ... Cafard (scenes deleted)
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Seraph
J. Edward Bromberg ... Col, Ferol
Onslow Stevens ... Sidi-Ben Youssiff
Fritz Leiber ... French Governor
Thomas Beck ... Pierre
William Ricciardi ... Cigarette's Father
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Storyline

Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends Victor on dangerous assignments to be rid of him. He falls in love with Lady Venetia Cunningham, a visitor to the garrison. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Greatest Spectacle since 'BEN HUR' See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

1 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo dos banderas See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Simone Simon was to make her American screen debut in this movie in the role of Cigarette, but director Frank Lloyd demanded she be fired after two weeks of shooting because of her temperamental attitude. When she was replaced by Claudette Colbert (after Clara Bow and Loretta Young were both considered) all Simon's footage was discarded. See more »

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Soundtracks

One-Two-Three-Four-Hey!
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung by Claudette Colbert, Gregory Ratoff and soldiers at the cafe
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Desert adventures with the foreign legion and Ronald Colman in a great novel reduced to Hollywood
29 April 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, Ouida's great classical novel of dishonor, exile, love, war and sacrifice in Algeria with the French foreign legion has not been awarded with that great film script it deserves. A deep tragedy of human greatness has been transformed into a rather superficial Hollywood romance entertainment, where even Ronald Colman makes a rather poor figure, far from the sadly noble hero of the original. Nevertheless, it's a Frank Lloyd film, who also made "Cavalcade" and "Mutiny on the Bounty", and there are great moments, especially of the desert scenery. Claudette Colbert as Cigarette is the real star of the film, though, but then she is also the most memorable character in the novel. Rosalind Russell is good enough and adds some heart-warming romance, while the worst failure of the film is the alteration of the grim reality of the French foreign legion with a sinister discipline worse than that of the 'Bounty' into some loose barrack ballads with plenty of brandy. The grim nature of the colonel in the novel is deleted, and Victor McLaglen is only Victor McLaglen, whom you can't take seriously. It's a good enough entertainment but not more than that, while the novel is so much more.


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