In India Col. Loring Leigh (C. Aubrey Smith) is tried for a massacre after a gate is left unguarded, and he is discharged. He sends cables to his sons Rodney Leigh (William Henry), lawyer Wyatt Leigh (George Sanders), womanizer Christopher Leigh (David Niven), and diplomat Geoffrey Leigh (Richard Greene). Wyatt says the evidence is against him; but their father says a munitions syndicate sold weapons to the revolt. The four hear a shot and find their father dead with his papers missing. Wyatt suspects murder, but it is called suicide. Geoff finds Lynn Cherrington (Loretta Young) also came from Washington. Captain Drake calls Geoff and says he is being followed. Geoff finds Drake dead in a taxi. Lynn learns that Geoff is going to Buenos Aires and plans to beat him there.
Wyatt and Rodney investigate in India, and trooper Mulcahay (Barry Fitzgeral) is shot in the arm. Rodney finds a pistol with the name chiseled off, and Wyatt calls Geoff about the gun. On a yacht Lynn cajoles Douglas Loveland (Reginald Denny). Geoff objects, and Lynn quarrels with him. On an island, where guns supply a revolt, Lynn and Loveland follow General Torres (J. Edward Bromberg) to the guns and rebels. General Sebastian (John Carradine) takes Torres to a wall and has him shot. Rebels shout and are massacred with machine guns, but Lynn and Loveland escape. A man appeals to Loveland, who denies knowing him. Geoff intervenes and is put in jail with the man who tells Geoff of the arms deals. Lynn gets them out; Geoff says he was jealous and is in love with her. Geoff and Chris realize that Atlas Arms sold guns in both places. They accuse Loveland of perjury against their father. Loveland admits forging the order but is killed before he can say who killed their father. —Movie Mirror
Maine-born John Ford (born Sean Aloysius O’Fearna) originally went to Hollywood in the shadow of his older brother, Francis, an actor/writer/director who had worked on Broadway. Originally a laborer, propman’s assistant, and occasional stuntman for his brother, he rose to became an assistant director and supporting actor before turning to directing in 1917. Ford became best known for his Westerns, of which he made dozens through the 1920s, but he didn’t achieve status as a major director until the mid-‘30s, when his films for RKO (The Lost Patrol 1934, The Informer 1935), 20th Century Fox (Young Mr. Lincoln 1939, The Grapes of Wrath 1940), and Walter Wanger (Stagecoach 1939), won over the public, the critics, and earned various Oscars and Academy nominations. His 1940s films included one military-produced documentary co-directed by Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland, December 7th (1943), which creaks badly today (especially compared with… read more