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Hearts in Bondage (1936) [Drama] [War]

This 1936 film is in black and white and is a drama based on events in the American Civil War and starts with citizens choosing loyalty to the Confederate States of America or to the Union in the first days of the crisis. Early scenes show the burning of the USS Merrimack by its Union crew to prevent it from falling into Confederate hands. However, the Merrimack, which had been burnt down to the waterline, was later rebuilt by the Confederacy, as an ironclad, and was renamed the CSS Virginia.

The film shows that, during the war, the Union built its own ironclad, the USS Monitor. When the Virginia emerged on its sortie in the Battle of Hampton Roads it inflicted major damage on the Union fleet in the harbor. Subsequent scenes show the arrival of the Monitor and its battle with the Virginia.

Scenes of the battle are dramatic and appear to have been done with actual sailing ships, not models.

Directed by Lew Ayres, produced by Nat Levine (producer) and Herman Schlom (executive producer), written by Written by Karl Brown (writer), Olive Cooper (writer), Wallace MacDonald (story) and Bernard Schubert (writer), starring James Dunn as Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds, Mae Clarke as Constance Jordan, David Manners as Raymond Jordan, Charlotte Henry as Julie Buchanan, Henry B. Walthall as Captain Buchanan, Fritz Leiber, Sr. as Captain John Ericsson, George Irving as Commodore Jordan, Irving Pichel as Secretary of War Sumner Gideon Welles, J.M. Kerrigan as Paddy Callahan, Frank McGlynn Sr. as Abraham Lincoln, Ben Alexander as Eggleston, Oscar Apfel as Captain Gilman, Clay Clement as Lieutenant Worden, Edward Gargan as ‘Mac’ McPherson, Russell Hicks as Senator Pillsbury, George “Gabby” Hayes as Ezra, Douglas Wood as Commodore David G. Farragut, Bodil Rosing as Mrs. Adams, Erville Alderson as Jefferson Davis, John Hyams as Bushnell
Etta McDaniel as Mammy, Warner Richmond as Bucko and Lloyd Ingraham as Timekeeper.

Source: “Hearts in Bondage” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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  1. I saw this movie in the show in early 40,sĀ  and completely forgot the love story in it also the boarding never took place but IĀ remember all the kids in the show cheering when they won ( it was in Chicago )

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