Hearts in Bondage (1936)

Hearts in Bondage





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First-time director Lew Ayres performs miracles on a tiny budget in the Civil War drama Hearts in Bondage. The story offers a romanticized version of the events leading up to the battle between the "ironclads" Monitor and Merrimac. Northern naval officer Kenneth (James Dunn), the nephew of Monitor designer John Ericsson (Fritz Leiber) is dishonorably discharged when he sinks the Merrimac instead of burning it, as ordered. He is restored to duty as a crew member on the Monitor, and in the ensuing … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Olive Cooper, Karl Brown, Wallace MacDonald, Bernard Schubert
On DVD: May 1, 2005


as Constance Jordan

as Lt. Kenneth Reynolds

as Julie Buchanan

as Raymond Jordan

as John Ericsson

as Commodore Jordan

as Secretary of War Gid...

as Abraham Lincoln

as Eggleston

as Cap. Gillman

as McPherson

as Pillsbury

as Admiral David Farrag...

as Mrs. Adams

as President Jefferson ...

as Bushnell

as Timekeeper

as Lt. Gates Jones

as Lt. Greene

as Bit Role

as Secretary Stanton

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A 1936 Film and I give it my highest rating to date on any film before 1940. Reason being it taught me more then any history class ever did about the civil war. I learned that the Norfolk Naval Base was once called Gosport Shipyard, also learned about the Monitor and the Merrimac. Never knew the Merrimac was once owned and sunk by the union only to be raised by the confederacy. Also learned that the Monitor was built in Brooklyn NY at Grrenpoint Shipyard. And the builder of the Monitor. Besides this there is a romantic side of the story. A daughter of Union General is in love with a exunion soldier who is now in the confederate navy, his brother is in the Union Navy, one is on the monitor the other on the Merrimac and they face each other, of course the confederate soldier is killed. All in all an excellent story, the film quality was outstanding for a 1936 film. My copy came from the Mill Creek 50 pack of Combat Classics. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce

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