Comments from a passionate fan of old movies

“Crimson Romance” - World War One Airplane Fighting Adventure
released on October 12, 1934
running time 58 minutes

The Actors: Ben Lyon (Bob Wilson), Sari Maritza (Alida Hoffman), Erich von Stroheim (Captain Wolters), James Bush (Fred von Bergen), William Bakewell (Adolph), Hardie Albright (Hugo), Herman Bing (Himmelbaum), Bodil Rosing (Mama von Bergen), Vince Barnett (the courier), Arthur Clayton (Baron von Eisenlohr), Oscar Apfel (John Fleming), Purnell Pratt (Franklyn Pierce), Jason Robards Sr. (Pierre), Wilhelm von Brincken (Von Gering), Brandon Hurst (English Officer), Crauford Kent (English Officer), Jameson Thomas (English Officer), Eric Arnold (Von Muller), Harry Schultz (drill sergeant), Frederick Vogeding (German Colonel)

Greater Love Hath No Man . . .

Crimson RomanceBob Wilson and Fred von Bergen have been best friends since they were very young. Today they are test pilots for the first airplanes in 1916, flying high were men have never been before. Airplanes are still very new and experimental, and the design and structure of planes is not yet anywhere near perfect, or even acceptable.

Bob and Fred fly the first planes out of the factory, and when they crash, adjustments are made to the next plane to make it stronger, lighter, faster and safer. Bob and Fred grew up together and now they fly together, and if providence wishes, they will die together. But suddenly something happens that threatens their friendship. Fred is of German ancestry, and Germany is beginning to fight in what will be called World War One, and although the U.S. is still neutral in this skirmish, our hearts are with the British, who are already battling the Germans.

Since Fred has a German last name, he is fired from his test pilot job, and when he is fired, his best friend Bob quits . . . He will stick with his best friend Fred through thick and thin. The two best friends cannot find work anywhere because no one will hire them when they discover Fred’s German last name. So Fred decides to return to the land of his grandparents and fly for the Germans . . . Breaking up his life-long friendship with Bob.

When Fred boards the train for New York to catch a ship to Germany he is a bit saddened that Bob didn’t come to the station to see him off, but once on the train discovers that Bob has decided to go with Fred and fly together with him, even if it is for the Germans. Friendship is thicker than politics for these two boys. When they get to Germany they meet a beautiful young girl who is an ambulance driver, and Fred falls madly in love with her, but Bob wants to add her to his little black book of conquests. This girl may do what warring nations could not do . . . Split up a beautiful friendship.

But as that is happening, something even bigger sticks its ugly head into the picture to break the best friend’s loyalty to each other. America has entered the war and Bob must make a decision . . . He must either fly and shoot down American planes, or quit the war . . . And face German court martial and death for deserting the German air force. Ahhh . . . . What choices we must sometimes make . . . . . Choices that are a disaster no matter which path we take. . . . Choices that war between nations often brings . . . . Today men will fight . . . . Tomorrow women will weep. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Have a slow streaming connection or don't have time to watch this movie right now? Download the movie and watch it later offline :~)
The story of White Kernel Popcorn —»

Click Here to Watch “Crimson Romance” —»

Return tomorrow to watch a Teenage Girl Detective Mystery . . .
If you forgot to visit yesterday you missed a Randolph Scott Cowboy Western Adventure “The Nevadan” —»

Jimbo
 
 

The question that I am asked most often is whether these movies are really public domain, or am I sharing movies that are still copyrighted and owned by movie studios and independent producers. Some folk believe that I am clever enough to share movies still owned by studios and independent producers without them knowing, but that would not be 'clever' . . . . merely 'stupid.' The first month that I started this web site I uploaded the stack of movies that I had on hand that I believed were public domain. Within days, when only a handful of visitors found my site, a movie studio contacted me and let me know that a couple of their copyrighted movies were among my uploads. I quickly apologized and removed them, and I started learning how to research copyright office records instead of taking the word of movie bloggers. To guarantee that I don't make a mistake, and encourage any studio or producer to correct any mistake that I might make, I do not hide the files with cryptic file names like movie pirates do, and I do not host the movies in a small offshore nation to prevent movie studios from finding either me or the movies. Every movie is named and dated and very easy for motion picture studios to search for and find . . . . . And believe me, they are constantly watching. You may have only discovered this web site recently, but all of the movie studios watch my listings very closely, and have since the very early days. Our legal system makes it very easy for movie studio lawyers to quickly shut down an offending web site located in the U.S., and I am a very cautious person who wants to be around for a while, and have no interest in abusing the rights of others. I am also very easy to find . . . . I am a very public person with my face on every page of the web site, and a contact link on every page of the web site, and if you look at the 'meet Jimbo' page you can even easily discover my cell phone number. The movies that have been here for years now are still here because they are public domain in the U.S. and/or have no current legal owner or legal guardian.

If you find an error or factual mistake, please use the contact page to let me know so that I can correct it for everyone else. This web site attempts to celebrate the efforts of every actor from the first decades of motion pictures - not just the stars - because like a grand stew, every actor adds a unique flavor to the film, and without any of them the movie would not be the same. If you are one of these actors, or a friend or family member of an actor, please send me any anecdotes and stories that you know about any of them, and I will gladly add them to the site to enrich our knowledge about that actor or the movie they played in.