British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles with an old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know about “the Irish Problem.” —IMDb
Michael Curtiz was one of Hollywood’s most prolific and colorful directors. Born to a well-to-do Jewish family in Budapest, he ran away from home at age 17 to join a circus, then trained for an acting career at the Royal Academy for Theater and Art. He worked as a leading man at the Hungarian Theatre before directing stage plays and then films. His first cinematic effort was Az Utolsó Bohém (1912), which was also the first feature-length film ever made in Hungary. Curtiz soon moved on to the more progressive Danish film industry, returning to his homeland in 1914 and serving a year in the Austro-Hungarian infantry before resuming his film career. While it may be arguable that Curtiz was Hungary’s finest director, he was certainly its busiest, making no fewer than 14 films in 1917, most of which starred his first wife, actress Lucy Dorraine. When the Hungarian film industry was nationalized by the new communist government in 1919, Curtiz packed his bags and headed for Sweden… read more
Is there anything recorded on whether this paved the way for Curtiz to make Casablanca? Because it's the same film... What a goddamn fascinating footnote. How does no one talk about this movie? It's finely made, clearly a stepping stone in style toward Casablanca's masterful verve and rhythm, and I can't see how The Key didn't end up giving us that film. I'd welcome some historical perspective from those who have it.