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Hearts In Bondage

Starring: Mae Clarke, James Dunn & David Manners Director: Lew Ayres
Inspiring Civil War tale of the Monitor and the Merrimac's battle at sea.
Rating 3.8
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

During a rebel attack on the Gosport Navy Yard, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds defies an order to burn his ship, the Merrimac, which is then set ablaze by the retreating Federals. In an effort to save the vessel, Reynolds sinks her. The scuttled Merrimac is subsequently raised by the Southern Navy and rebuilt into a powerful armor-clad warship. Dishonorably discharged, Kenneth watches the war from the sidelines until he is reinstated to the Monitor, the Federal ironclad designed by his uncle, John Ericsson, to challenge the resurrected Merrimac. Lives are at stake, as is the relationship between Kenneth and his fiancé, Constance, when they learn that her brother Raymond is an officer aboard the Southern warship. The looming confrontation between the two armored vessels will change the nature of naval warfare for all time.

Hearts In Bondage was the only dramatic film directed by actor Lew Ayres, who rocketed to fame six years earlier, following his starring role in 1930's Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front. Leading man James Dunn, who had earlier appeared in Shirley Temple's first three features, would later collect a Best Supporting Actor award for his work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). David Manners was discovered by director James Whale in 1930 and went on to appear in Universal's horror classics, Dracula (1931) and The Mummy (1932). Charlotte Henry starred in Alice in Wonderland (1933) and appeared in Laurel and Hardy's March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934). Mae Clark was featured in James Whale's masterpiece, Frankenstein, in 1931, the same year that she took a grapefruit in the kisser from James Cagney in The Public Enemy.

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Director Lew Ayres takes a critical look at the damaging effects of war in this Civil War drama. As the war breaks out, several men are called into naval battle and forced into a struggle between their civic and familial responsibilities. Though they start out as friends, Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds (James Dunn) and his pal Raymond Jordan (David Manners) soon find themselves on opposite sides of the battleground as Jordan decides to stand behind the Confederate cause. Meanwhile, the romantic relationship that has been building between Reynolds and Jordan's sister Constance (Mae Clarke) is threatened by the growing tension between the two men. In a similar twist of fate, the war also places senior naval officers Commander Jordan (Henry B. Walthill) and Captain Buchanan (Fritz Leiber) against each other. Though fictional, HEARTS IN BONDAGE explores the destructive force of war and the extremes that patriotism can lead people to.

Plot Keywords:

Civil War | Romance | Romances | War

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 3.8
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Rating 3.5 Surprisingly good effects Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- May, 7, 2010

Considering that this film was made in 1936, the effects are surpsingly good. If you're not too concerned about historical accuracy, this should prove a good hour and ten minite watch. If historical accuracy is your things, well...therer haven't been too many Civil War films that were all that accurate, have there?


Rating 4.0 Civil War adventure Movie Lover: from Rehoboth -- October, 8, 2007

This is an amazingly good story considering it's a 1930s film. Certainly dated by today's standards but the battle scenes are well done and I found it most interesting.


Rating 4.0 Hearts In Bondage Movie Lover: from saint germain en laye, Yvelines FR -- May, 1, 2007

A bit of an old fashioned drama to be sure. But, if you are a Civil War buff you will surely enjoy this film recreation of the first and famous battle of iron ships which changed forever navel history.


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  • Sales Rank: 9,398
  • UPC: 089218513199
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
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