|Directed by||Alan Crosland|
|Produced by||Ned Marin|
|Written by||J. Grubb Alexander
based on the novel by George R. Preedy
Philippe De Lacy
|Music by||Rex Dunn|
|Cinematography||Tony Gaudio (Technicolor)|
|Edited by||Harold McLernon|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
General Crack (1930) is a part-talkie historical costume drama film with Technicolor sequences which was produced by Warner Bros., filmed in 1929 and released early in 1930. The film was directed by Alan Crosland and stars John Barrymore in his first full-length all-talking feature. This would prove to be Crosland and Barrymore's last historical epic together.
The film takes place in the 18th century Austria and revolves around Prince Christian, commonly known as General Crack (John Barrymore). His father had been a respectable member of the nobility but his mother was a gypsy. General Crack, as a soldier of fortune, spent his adult life selling his services to the highest bidder. He espouses the doubtful cause of Leopold II of Austria (Lowell Sherman) after demanding the sister of the emperor in marriage as well as half of gold of the Empire. Before he has finished his work, however, he meets a gypsy dancer (Armida) and weds her. Complications arise when he takes his gypsy wife to the Austrian court and falls desperately in love with the emperor's sister (Marian Nixon). The court sequence was originally in Technicolor and proved to be Barrymore's last appearance in color.
The sound version of the film is lost. The silent version of this film (with Czech intertitles) survives but it does not have any of the original color sequences. Although the complete soundtrack for the sound version survives on Vitaphone disks, the silent version was either a B negative or an alternate take with intertitles. So while this is a valid version, it does not match up with the Vitaphone soundtrack at all.
- General Crack at the silentera database
- He had previously appeared in The Show of Shows 1929 in color.
- John Barrymore General Crack 1929 on YouTube
- Copies are located in the Czech archive and the Modern Museum of Art: http://books.google.com.pe/books?id=QrbDle3nJscC&pg=PA28&dq=%22general+crack%22+%22technicolor%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Il06Ucy_DoTE0AHK2IHACw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22general%20crack%22%20%22technicolor%22&f=false
- General Crack at the Internet Movie Database
- General Crack ; allmovie / synopsis
- General Crack at Virtual History