Crimson Romance


1h 11m 1934

Brief Synopsis

After Fred von Bergen, a German immigrant in America, is forced from his job by anti-German hysteria before the first world war, he and his friend Bob Wilson leave America and join the German air force. There, both men fall in love with ambulance driver Alida Hoffman. When America enters the war, Bob is caught between loyalty to his home country and the threat of execution for desertion and treason to Germany. It remains for his friend Fred to extricate him from the dilemma - but at what cost?

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 11m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In 1916, pilots Bob Wilson and Fred von Bergen, childhood best friends, test airplanes for an American company that builds bombers for the European allies. Because he is German-born, Fred loses his job and, unable to find other employment, decides to return to Germany to fight for his homeland. Although he has no special attachment to the German cause, Bob quits the airplane factory and joins his friend in Germany. On their way to a German airfield, Bob and Fred are accidentally run off the road by Red Cross nurse Alida Hoffman, who immediately catches the eye of playboy Bob and later impresses shy Fred. After Bob's first unsuccessful mission, Captain Wolters, the squadron's tyrannical leader, expresses his doubt about Bob's loyalty but, desperate for pilots, gives him another chance. However, when Bob chooses to make love to Alida instead of participating in a crucial air battle, Wolters, aware that the Americans have joined the Allies, arrests him. Fred, heartbroken that Alida has chosen Bob, quarrels with his friend and calls him a coward. Later, however, he allows him to escape from a firing squad and flee to the British forces. To prove his allegiance, Bob leads the British bombers to the German base, while Fred is told by Wolters that he must shoot down Bob to prove his loyalty. Neither man is capable of killing the other, and in the end, Fred sacrifices his life for Bob, who then returns to American with Alida.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 11m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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According to modern sources, Erich von Stroheim also acted as a technical adviser on this production. In a modern interview, von Stroheim describes his participation in the production: "For the first time in my long career, I just acted like an automaton in order to bring home the shekels-and there were very few at that!"