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Crimson Romance

At the onset of World War I, two German-American men return to Germany. Their allegiances are divided when the United States enters the war.
Crimson Romance
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1934
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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The Great War rages in Europe as America sits neutrally by, but its corrosive effects are felt across the Atlantic in the form of fear, distrust and prejudice. Anti-German hysteria in the United States leads to the firing and blacklisting of immigrant Fred von Bergen, a talented pilot. Unable to get work, he decides to return to his homeland to enlist in the Kaiser's Air Corps. His best friend from America, Bob Wilson, impulsively tags along and soon the two are flying missions over France and competing for the affections of beautiful ambulance driver, Alida Hoffman. When the U.S. finally ends the charade of its neutrality and joins the allies, Bob escapes from the German air base to go fight for his country, putting the lifelong friends on opposite sides of a looming dogfight.

Filmed in the restless years between the two World Wars, Crimson Romance is a cinematic anti-war statement highlighted by creative camerawork, an uncompromising script, daring aerial acrobatics, and a strong, idiosyncratic performance by Erich Von Stroheim. Ben Lyon, cast here as the young American ace, was an accomplished pilot in real life, flying his own planes for aerial combat scenes in Howard Hughes' 1930 masterpiece, Hell's Angels.

Product Description:

Two Yankee flyboys join the German Air Force on a lark in this questionable British farce with Von Stroheim playing a hawkish Commandant.

Plot Synopsis:

Buddies Bob Wilson and Fred von Bergen join the German air force during World War I. However, their relationship is put to the test when the United States enters the fray. Bob can't decide whether he should remain on the side of the Kaiser or desert the Germans and join the Americans -- at the risk of being put on trial for treason. Because Fred was born in Germany and fled America because of prejudice against his people, he has no such trouble and continues to fly for Germany.
That each of the friends is in love with the same woman only adds to the tension...

Plot Keywords:

British | High Flying | Vintage | World War II

Production Notes:

  • Distributed theatrically by Mascot.

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Rating 3.5 American Pilots-German Air Force-World War I Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- January, 29, 2011

Because of anti-German bias before the US entry into the First Wolrd War (which was in reality quite strong), two American pilots go to Germany and join their air force. Their C.O. is Erich von Stronheim who is...well, he's Erich von Stronheim at his best. The flyers meet a German girl, both fall in love with her. The U S enters the war, the plot thinkens, one pilots switches sides, leads a raid on a German munitions dump, the other...well, I won't spoil the ending. And it all ends with a long antiwar statement that is as true today as it ever was. Strange plot I'll admit, but all in all, not bad. And oh those biplanes! I love them!


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  • Sales Rank: 15,815
  • UPC: 089218506795
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