The World and the Flesh


1h 15m 1932

Film Details

Also Known As
On the Black Sea, Red Harvest
Release Date
Apr 22, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--San Pedro Harbor, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play On the Black Sea by Philipp Zeska and Ernst Spitz (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In 1917 Russia, in the midst of the revolution, aristocrats Dmitri Rostoff and his friends, and famous ballerina Maria Yaskaya flee to Sebastopol disguised as peasants. After the train line to Sebastopol is cut, however, they force the engineer to head the train for Theodosia, still a free seaport on the Black Sea. Not long after their arrival, however, they are captured by the Red faction, led by seaman Michael Petrovich Kylenko, a brute. Kylenko admonishes Maria for consorting with aristocrats, as she originated from the working class. Kylenko and his men are captured by cossacks in the White faction, and they are forced to work in the stokehold of the White faction's ship. He and his comrades successfully take over the ship, in which Maria, Dmitri and their friends are passengers. In a plot to take control of the ship, Maria seduces Kylenko, but she sincerely falls in love with him. The overthrow plot fails, and the ship returns to Theodosia, where Maria and her friends are sentenced to death by the committee that directs Kylenko. Kylenko fights for Maria's life, but the committee allows him no favors. On the eve of her execution, Kylenko helps her escape, then turns himself in to the committee. To everyone's surprise, Maria returns to save Kylenko with his powerful army, and with Maria on his arm and flanked by his loyal men, they are free to return to the main headquarters.

Film Details

Also Known As
On the Black Sea, Red Harvest
Release Date
Apr 22, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--San Pedro Harbor, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play On the Black Sea by Philipp Zeska and Ernst Spitz (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working titles of the film were On the Black Sea and Red Harvest. The pressbook indicates that the film is based on a story by Polan Banks, which appeared in Liberty magazine, although the AMPAS story files and the film credit Philipp Zeska and Ernst Spitz's play as the source. Banks' contribution to the final film has not been determined. The film used exiled Russian aristocrats as extras, including Alexander Novinsky, once the commander of the ports of Theodosia and Archangel, according to New York Times. According to copyright records, some scenes were filmed in San Pedro Harbor, CA, aboard the Army transport ship, Playa De Ensenada.