Till We Meet Again


1h 12m 1936

Film Details

Also Known As
Reunion
Release Date
Apr 17, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the unpublished play Last Curtain by Alfred Davis (copyrighted 17 Jul 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,746ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

In August, 1914, two sophisticated London stage actors without family or relations, Englishman Alan Barclow and Austrian Elsa Daranyi, are about to be married when England declares war on Germany. Upon returning to her apartment, Elsa finds Herr Ludwig, an officer of the German Secret Service, waiting to request that she resume her former service as a spy. He tells her that Alan will grow to hate her if by staying she kept him from serving his own country, so she leaves Alan a goodbye note and heads for Paris. Discovering Elsa's disappearance the next morning, the heartbroken Alan agrees to become a secret agent for England, and both he and Elsa are trained as spies. Alan agrees to have his death announced after he is passed surreptitiously into Germany as the shell-shocked "Hans Teller" during a prisoner exchange. In Paris, Elsa is grief-stricken when Ludwig gently breaks the news of Alan's death and becomes ardent in her work, seducing officers into revealing their secrets, then betraying them to Ludwig. Alan, meanwhile, contacts Karl Schrottle, a German officer who is dismayed at his fatherland's killing of innocent civilians. Karl secures Alan a job as a trash collector in a German munitions factory, and they arrange to sabotage a giant cannon that is bombarding Paris. Elsa discovers Karl's complicity and forces him to commit suicide. However, she then recognizes Hans Teller as her beloved Alan, and they renounce war and plan to flee together. While trying to warn his fellow spies, Alan is almost captured. He and Elsa head for Holland disguised as a blind soldier and his nurse. Later on a train, they are forced to separate, and Elsa maintains to Ludwig that she was uncovering a British spy network. Ludwig, however, is not taken in, and when he spots a coffin lid ajar, he suspects the coffin is Alan's hiding place and shoots the corpse. Elsa's display of fake grief makes Ludwig suspect that the body is not Alan's, and he gives her a gun to shoot herself for betraying her country by protecting an enemy spy. Alan steps from his real hiding place and covers Ludwig with a gun as all three jump from the speeding train. Ludwig breaks his back in the fall and is carried by the couple to a farmhouse. The dying Ludwig, moved by the plight of the lovers, directs his soldiers away from the farmhouse as Alan and Elsa hurry, hand in hand, across the frontier toward freedom and love in neutral Holland.

Cast

Herbert Marshall

Alan Barclow [also known as Hans Teller and Franz Hoffman]

Gertrude Michael

Elsa Daranyi

Lionel Atwill

Ludwig

Rod La Rocque

Karl Schrottle

Guy Bates Post

Captain Minton

Spencer Charters

Hoffer

Frank Reicher

Von Diegel

Egon Brecher

Schultz

Torben Meyer

Kraus

Vallejo Gantner

Vogel

Julia Faye

Nurse

Perry Hurni

Gendarme

Eugene Borden

Gendarme

Agostino Borgato

Elderly spy

Colin Tapley

English officer

Colin Kenny

English officer

Creighton Hale

English officer

Tempe Pigott

Old woman

Rita Carlyle

Flower woman

Charles Mcnaughton

Stage doorman

Pat Somerset

Actor

Phillis Coghlan

Elsa's maid

Gunnis Davis

Newsboy's voice

John Rogers

First cabby

Yorke Sherwood

Second cabby

Frances Morris

Waitress

Hooper Atchley

Varrell

Chico De Verdi

Orchestra leader

Herbert Clifton

Proprietor

Howard Lang

Instructor

Alexander Melesh

French mailman spy

Hans Joby

Private chauffeur spy

Carrie Daumery

French woman spy

George Eldredge

English officer spy

Kai Schmidt

Spy

James Marcus

Spy

Helen Gierre

Spy

Harry Semels

Spy

Walter Thiele

English spy

Captain John Van Eyck

English spy

Leslie Francis

English spy

Archdale J. Jones

English spy

Rex Alexander

English spy

Robert Murphy

Fat man

Oscar Apfel

German general

John Picorri

German officer

Robert Mckenzie

Firechief

Arthur S. "pop" Byron

Chef

Howard Truesdell

Chef

Darwin Rudd

Waiter

Charles Morrell

Waiter

Alex Woloshin

Orchestra leader

Bernard Siegel

Stranger

Christian Rub

Old conductor

Hans Fuerberg

Guard

Max Barwyn

Baggage man

Frank Baker

Edmund Mortimer

Colonel G. S. Mcdonell

Henry Roquemore

Major Sam Harris

Film Details

Also Known As
Reunion
Release Date
Apr 17, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the unpublished play Last Curtain by Alfred Davis (copyrighted 17 Jul 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,746ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The film's working title was Reunion; it was changed to Till We Meet Again as the film was being released. Film Daily erroneously reviewed this film under the title Forgotten Faces, which was the title of another 1936 Paramount film starring Herbert Marshall and Gertrude Michael. According to the modern reminiscences of director Robert Florey, Sylvia Sidney was to play the role of "Elsa Daranyi," but she was detained on another film and the part was assumed by Gertrude Michael. According to publicity, stage star Guy Bates Post made his first sound film appearance in Till We Meet Again. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Barbara Penny, Harry Allen, John Blood and Robert Middlemass in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. The New York Times review states that the title Till We Meet Again "leaves us reasonably certain we have not seen the last of these recurring World War romances in which the lovers, separated by patriotic barriers, meet later as rival spies in enemy territory. There have been a dozen minor embellishments of the formula in the last three years."