Hearts in Bondage

Overview

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 sea battle with the ...
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Overview

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 sea battle with the recommissioned Merrimac he kills Confederate officer Raymond David Manners, the brother of Kenneth's fiancee Constance Mae Clarke. The estranged sweethearts are ultimately reunited with the help of Abe Lincoln himself! Both James Dunn and Mae Clarke are miscast in their roles, but they do their best under the circumstances to make their material "work" -- and often succeed. The real stars of Hearts in Bondage are Republic's special-effects mavens Howard and Theodore Lydecker, whose splendid utilization of scale models in the climactic Monitor-Merrimac confrontation is both exciting and convincing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • UPC: 089218513199
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,711

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Dunn Kenneth
Mae Clarke Constance
David Manners Raymond
Charlotte Henry Julie
Henry B. Walthall Buchanan
Fritz Leiber John Ericsson
George Irving Commodore Jordan
Irving Pichel Secretary of War Gideon Welles
J.M. Kerrigan Paddy
Frank McGlynn Sr. Abraham Lincoln
Ben Alexander Eggleston
Oscar Apfel Cap. Gillman
Clay Clement Worden
Edward Gargan McPherson
Russell Hicks Pillsbury
George "Gabby" Hayes Ezra
Douglas Wood Admiral David Farragut
Erville Alderson Jefferson Davis
John Hyams Bushnell
Etta McDaniel Mammy
Warner P. Richmond Bucko
Lloyd Ingraham Timekeeper
Hooper Atchley
Maurice Brierre
Smiley Burnette
Lane Chandler
Pat Flaherty
Eugene Jackson
Frankie Marvin
Henry Roquemore
Clinton Rosemond
Arthur Wanzer
Helen Seamon
Technical Credits
Lew Ayres Director
Karl Brown Screenwriter
Olive Cooper Screenwriter
Ralph Dixon Editor
Harry Grey Musical Direction/Supervision
Nat Levine Producer
Wallace MacDonald Screenwriter
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Ernest W. Miller Cinematographer
Hugo Riesenfeld Score Composer
Bernard Schubert Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hearts in Bondage
2. Chapter 1 [10:40]
3. Chapter 2 [10:41]
4. Chapter 3 [12:48]
5. Chapter 4 [11:59]
6. Chapter 5 [11:59]
7. Chapter 6 [12:02]
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