Barricade (1939 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory Ratoff
Produced by Edward Kaufman
Written by Granville Walker
Starring Alice Faye
Warner Baxter
Charles Winninger
Arthur Treacher
Keye Luke
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Karl Freund
Edited by Jack Dennis
Release date
December 8, 1939 (1939-12-08)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Barricade is a 1939 adventure film directed by Gregory Ratoff and starring Alice Faye, Warner Baxter, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher, and Keye Luke.


A singer named Emmy (Faye) meets broken-down journalist Hank Topping (Baxter) while travelling across Mongolia by train. A romance sparks, but is soon interrupted by a fierce group of murderous bandits. Fleeing, Emmy and Hank team up with others, eventually culminating in a fierce shootout with the marauders. If I recall correctly as a youngster of ten years, the Emmy and Hank team seek safety in a small fort or an antiquated country home located on barren lands. As the bandits approach, they hide in a basement level, protected only by a floorboard cover. As the bandits enter the building, the baby of Emmy and Hank begins to cry, thereby revealing the location of the couple and their team. As the bandits begin to chop their way through the floorboards, a rescue squad on motorcycles speeds over a nearby hill towards the building, then succeeding to rescue those trapped below the floor.

Behind the scenes[edit]

  • The film was viewed as being so mediocre by 20th Century Fox that it was shelved. A year later, with actress Alice Faye's popularity booming, the film was released to expected sub-par success.
  • There were extensive revisions and retakes which eliminated actors J. Edward Bromberg and Joseph Schildkraut from the cast. The song "There'll Be Other Nights" by Lew Brown and Lew Pollack, recorded by Alice Faye, also was cut from the final print.



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