Red Salute

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Red Salute
Red Salute 1935 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Produced by Edward Small
Screenplay by
Story by Humphrey Pearson
Music by Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Grant Whytock
Reliance Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • September 12, 1935 (1935-09-12) (USA)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Red Salute (also released as Arms and the Girl) is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young. Based on a story by Humphrey Pearson, the film is about the daughter of an US Army general who becomes involved with a suspected communist agitator.


Drue Van Allen (Stanwyck), the daughter of an American general, is in love with communist graduate student Leonard Arner. When Arner is ejected from a college campus for speaking to the students, a newspaper photographer takes a picture of him in Drue's car and prints it on the front page. When Drue refuses to listen to reason, the general tricks her into boarding an airplane bound for Mexico, supposedly to see her aunt Betty off, then locks her in.

She is stuck in Juarez with no money to get home. After a rowdy soldier named Jeff (Young) overhears a border policeman warn her not to try to cross into the US, Jeff (whom she nicknames "Uncle Sam") strikes up a conversation, telling her he thinks she should be shot. Despite their disdain for each other, they run up a large bar bill, but neither has any money. They skip out and drive away; then Drue tells him he has stolen a government car. When they reach a border crossing, Jeff tries to stop, but Drue presses the gas pedal and they speed into Texas. They manage to evade their pursuers, but crash into a tree.

They later kidnap P. J. Rooney (Edwards), an easy-going, henpecked husband, to ride in his homemade trailer. He is glad to get away from his wife. They eventually con Baldy, a caretaker, into believing they are friends of his employer, Colonel Turner, and letting them stay in Turner's house. After Jeff and Drue dance, he tells her he now loves her; after thinking it over, she kisses him before they turn in for the night, in separate rooms. She later sneaks out and tries to drive away, but the authorities show up and arrest them both.

General Van Allen gets his daughter placed in his custody. He is worried about a newspaper story reporting that Drue and Arner are going to get married and also about information he received from an immigration official that Arner is not a citizen, but rather a suspected "paid propagandist" in the country on a student visa. When the general realizes that Drue has feelings for Jeff, he sends for Jeff. After speaking to him informally, the general sends him down to a meeting at which Arner is supposed to speak. Jeff pretends to have changed his opinion to get Arner to let him talk to the audience. He starts out agreeing with Arner's position, then shows people what he really stands for. A riot breaks out, and Arner is taken into custody for deportation.

Drue realizes she is in love with Jeff. They get married and honeymoon in Rooney's trailer.



The original working title of the film was Her Uncle Sam. The film was made to cash in on the rise of radicalism in US colleges in the 1930s.[1] Filming started in June 1935.[2] The film features the song "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now", sung by Edwards.

It was one of the first anti-communist movies made in the US. This saw it re-released in 1948 with the rise in anti-communist feeling.[3][4]

The film is also known by its reissue title Her Enlisted Man.

Critical response[edit]

Writing for The Spectator in 1935, Graham Greene praised the film, describing it as "one of the best comedies of the screen since It Happened One Night", and characterizing the acting of Stanwyck and Young as "admirable performances".[5]


  1. ^ "Cinema Producer Advocates Elimination of "B" Films". Los Angeles Times. September 17, 1935. 
  2. ^ "Screen Notes.". The New York Times. June 18, 1935. 
  3. ^ Edwin Schallert (December 18, 1947). "Drama and Film: Bromfield Kin Clicks; Hit Novels on Agenda". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Thomas F. Brady (December 19, 1947). "Crosby in Picture With Fitzgerald: Paramount Again Links Pair in 'Diamond in Haystack,' New Story by Beloin". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Greene, Graham (22 November 1935). "Arms and the Girl/Accent on Youth". The Spectator.  (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0192812866. )

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