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Hearts in Bondage (May 26, 1936)

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The Merrimac in Hearts in Bondage
 

Released May 26, 1936: (running time 53 minutes) Two friends are divided by war as we re-live the famous battle of the first iron-clad ships, the Monitor and the Merrimack during the U.S. Civil War.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Lew Ayres

The Actors: James Dunn (Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds), Mae Clarke (Constance Jordan), David Manners (Raymond Jordan), Charlotte Henry (Julie Buchanan), Henry B Whalthall (Captain Buchanan), Fritz Leiber (Captain John Ericsson), George Irving (Commodore Jordan), Irving Pichel (Secretary of War Sumner Gideon Welles), J.M. Kerrigan (Paddy Callahan), Frank McGlynn Sr. (Abraham Lincoln), Ben Alexander (Eggleston), Oscar Apfel (Captain Gilman), Clay Clement (Lieutenant Worden), Edward Gargan ('Mac' McPherson), Russell Hicks (Senator Pillsbury), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Ezra), Douglas Wood (Commodore David G. Farragut), Bodil Rosing (Mrs. Adams), Erville Alderson (Jefferson Davis), John Hyams (Bushnell), Etta McDaniel (Mammy), Hooper Atchley (Lieutenant Greene), Maurice Brierre (French waiter), Sonny Bupp (young boy), Smiley Burnette (Rammer), Bob Card (soldier with flute), Horace B. Carpenter (townsman), Allan Cavan (head of the Court Martial group), Lane Chandler (Lieutenant Gates Jones), Marc Cramer (Merrimac sailor), Earl Eby (Unknown), Jack Evans (Confederate sailor), Pat Flaherty (Bucko's friend), Herman Hack (Confederate sailor), Lloyd Ingraham (timekeeper), Jack Ingram (Union sentry), Eugene Jackson (Sam), Charles King (Merrimac sailor), Ethan Laidlaw (Union sailor), Frankie Marvin (gunner), Robert Paige (Union Lieutenant Evans), Warner Richmond (Bucko), Henry Roquemore (Secretary Stanton), Clinton Rosemond (Jordan's servant), Harry Strang (Monitor helmsman), Arthur Wanzer (unknown), Wally West (Confederate officer), Clifton Young (young man waiting to enlist)

 

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James Dunn’s father was a wealthy stockbroker who wanted his son to join the firm when he grew up, but James Dunn had the acting bug. His long acting career was as rocky as a storm-tossed ocean. He was often fighting battles with alcohol and poor financial judgement. With all of the issues that kept him out of many movies, on a personal level he was never considered anything but a smiling, loving and caring person.

Three of his first roles were in Shirley Temple movies, and they became great friends. In 1935, the year before this movie, he flew his plane over Shirley Temple’s home to fulfil her Christmas wish to have Santa Clause visit by airplane. Dunn dropped a large bag of gifts from his plane that landed in her front yard. He later said of Shirley Temple that he thought she was really swell, and that he was most proud of the fact that she thought that he was a great fellow.

When he heard his name called as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1946, before going onto the stage, he rushed to a quiet corner backstage and cried.

In this historical adventure, he is intimately involved with the beginning of the Civil War and the momentous navy battle between the first two iron-clad ships. I’d tell you more about the amazing history of this battle, but I know that you’d rather wait for the movie. Well, here it is, so pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Clay Clement and Frank McGlynn Sr.
Clay Clement and Frank McGlynn Sr.
David Manners and James Dunn
David Manners and James Dunn
David Manners and James Dunn
David Manners and James Dunn
Frank McGlynn Sr.
Frank McGlynn Sr.
Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber and Clay Clement
Fritz Leiber and Clay Clement
Fritz Leiber and James Dunn
Fritz Leiber and James Dunn
George Irving
George Irving
George Irving and Frank McGlynn Sr.
George Irving and Frank McGlynn Sr.
George Irving and Mae Clarke
George Irving and Mae Clarke
George Irving
George Irving
Henry B. Walthall
Henry B. Walthall
Henry B. Walthall
Henry B. Walthall
Irving Pichel
Irving Pichel
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan and Edward Gargan
J.M. Kerrigan and Edward Gargan
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke and Charlotte Henry
Mae Clarke and Charlotte Henry
Mae Clarke and James Dunn
Mae Clarke and James Dunn
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel