An anti-Nazi on the run and a young Jewish couple race across Europe trying to escape Hitler’s ever powerful influence. When the political refugee risks his life to see his dying wife in Austria, he has a dangerous encounter with a rabid Nazi. —TCM
Elwood Dager Cromwell (December 23, 1887 – September 26, 1979), known as John Cromwell, was an American film actor, director and producer.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Cromwell made his New York City stage debut in Marian De Forest’s adaptation of Little Women (1912) on Broadway. It was a hit and ran for 184 performances. He then directed the play The Painted Woman (1913), which failed. Next, he acted in and co-directed with Frank Craven the hit show Too Many Cooks (1914), which ran for 223 performances.
Cromwell played Charles Lomax in the original Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Major Barbara (1915), about a woman of The Salvation Army, and he played the role as Capt. Kearney in the revival of Shaw’s Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1916). Among others, he also had a role in The Racket (1927), which ran for 119 performances. The following year while the Broadway company was playing The Racket in Los Angeles, Cromwell was signed to a Paramount… read more
Pauline Kael has rightly praised the lengthy reverse tracking-shot of Frances Dee through a bustling marketplace and the kaleidoscope of emotions her face registers when her fugitive husband, a superb Fredric March, suddenly appears from behind to offer her a few words of advice. (The montage that follows, culminating with the couple finally able to see each other from afar, is no less tender and exquisite.) But unlike Kael, I don't think Dee's brief appearance in the film clearly overshadows what is a typically subtle and unassuming performance by Margaret Sullavan, who was also part of another early anti-Nazi pic, Borzage's masterful The Mortal Storm. This is a gentle, poetically romantic adaptation of Remarque's Flotsam, and has much in common with Lewis Milestone's equally undervalued 1948 reworking of the German author's Arch of Triumph.