The Case of Sergeant Grischa


1h 30m 1930

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 23, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa by Arnold Zweig (Potsdam, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,261ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

On a winter's night in 1917, Sgt. Grischa Paprotkin of the Russian army escapes from a German prison camp in Poland and goes to see his wife, Babka, and his newborn child. He lives with Babka for a while; but he is dominated by a desire to return to Russia, and Babka aids him by passing him off as a dead soldier. While seeking food from a friend, Grischa is captured and condemned to death as a spy by Schieffenzahn, German commander on the Eastern Front. His true identity is established, and his nephew Winfried and Advocate Posnanski try to have the order reversed, but with no success. Posing as a peddler, Babka plans for his escape, but Grischa places his faith in General von Lychow, who after a stormy confrontation with Schieffenzahn, sends an order to cancel the death sentence; but the telegram fails to arrive because of a storm. Broken in spirit, Grischa willingly goes to his execution, rejecting his friend's attempts to save him.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 23, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa by Arnold Zweig (Potsdam, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,261ft (10 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Sound Editing

1930

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