The Soldier And The Lady

  • 1937
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  • NR
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Nonstop action marks this unusual screen adaptation of Jules Verne's oft-filmed novel Michael Strogoff. European actor Walbrook, who had starred in both French and German productions of the same material, was hired by producer Berman to once again play the loyal courier of the Czar Alexander II. Walbrook is entrusted with delivering a new military strategy...read more

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Nonstop action marks this unusual screen adaptation of Jules Verne's oft-filmed novel Michael Strogoff. European actor Walbrook, who had starred in both French and German productions of the same material, was hired by producer Berman to once again play the loyal courier of the Czar

Alexander II. Walbrook is entrusted with delivering a new military strategy to the army in Siberia, which is busy fending off a vicious horde of Tartars led by Tamiroff. After successfully avoiding a trap set by a seductive spy (Grahame) and nearly being blinded by one of the Tartars (Strogoff was

blinded in Verne's novel), Walbrook finally makes it to the front and delivers the message. The strategy proves successful and the villains are crushed, saving Mother Russia. This production is a strange amalgamation of different screen versions of Verne's novel. RKO producer Berman was approached

by French producer Joseph Ermolieff, who had secured the rights to both the French and German versions of MICHAEL STROGOFF. Impressed by the epic battle sequences, Berman bought the rights to the French picture, hired Walbrook, and intercut newly filmed US footage with the spectacular action

scenes from the foreign version. The trick worked, but the overall effect is weakened somewhat by the unnecessary forays into broad comic relief provided by Blore and Brophy, who play two wisecracking journalists sent to cover the war. Considering the film was a cut-and-paste job, it was

surprisingly successful.

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