Song of the Eagle


1h 10m 1933

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 28, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In 1916, Otto Hoffman takes his sons, Bill and August, into his successful beer brewing business. Unfortunately, World War I robs the Hoffmans of their son August, but Bill returns with three good buddies, Charlie, Mud and Gus, whose lives he saved. At the close of the war, Prohibition closes the brewery, and there is little work for the returning soldiers. Gus is hired by bootlegger Joe Anderson, who used to be one of the Hoffman's favorite truck drivers. Otto and Bill start producing "near beer" to maintain some kind of profit for the brewery. Now a gangster, Joe tries to intimidate Otto into selling the brewery to him, but Otto refuses to cooperate. Bill marries Elsa, daughter of family friend Emil Kranzmeyer, after the 1929 stockmarket crash, and the Hoffmans are forced to sell their home, while Joe shows off his car with bulletproof glass. After the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the presidency, Prohibition is finally repealed, and the Hoffmans gleefully send out their first truckload of beer, while Joe, now also known as "Nails," plans his protection racket. Joe and his thugs intimidate bar and store owners into selling his beer instead of the Hoffmans' by intimidation and violence. Many of the Hoffman employees quit out of fear, and after Elsa's father is killed by Joe's thugs for refusing to quit his job, Bill hires a group of unemployed ex-soldiers who are ready for good pay and a good cause. On Armistice Day, Bill celebrates with the soldiers at his brewery when Gus comes to warn him that he is on Joe's hit list. Unknown to Bill, Gus was sent to kill him and has sacrificed his life to save Bill, who once saved his life on the battlefield. Otto is killed the same night that he is to be made president of the United Brewmasters Association, and Bill is forced to break the news to his mother, Emma. Later, Bill gets the approval of the police chief in his fight against the gangsters, who deputizes Bill's workers. After Elsa tells Emma that Joe is the gangster who killed Otto, Emma goes to Joe's office, which is in her former home, and kills him. At the same time, Bill and his men are about to be shot by Joe's thugs when the rest of Bill's employees come out of hiding to fight. The workers win and throw the thugs into trucks headed for the police station. Although the police find Emma's German bible at the scene of Joe's death, they think it had been left over from when she lived there and dismiss the case as having been an inside job. Although Emma prays for her sins, peace is restored to the Hoffman home as they welcome Bill and Elsa's new baby boy into the world.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 28, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Variety mentions that the screenplay erred in one scene in which the Jess Willard-Jack Dempsey fight in Toledo is discussed, as prohibition did not occur until after the fight. New York Times notes the film opened with a dedicatory note to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which was not in the print viewed.