The Legion of the Condemned
|The Legion of the Condemned|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Legion of the Condemned is a 1928 American silent film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper. Written by John Monk Saunders and Jean de Limur, with intertitles by George Marion, Jr., the film is about four young men from various walks of life who sign up for the Lafayette Escadrille, known as "The Legion of the Condemned".
Four young men from various walks of life sign up as flyers for the Lafayette Escadrille, a military unit known as "The Legion of the Condemned" composed mostly of American volunteer pilots flying fighters in World War I. All four men are running away from something—the law, love, or themselves. Whenever a dangerous mission comes up, the four men draw cards to see who will fly off to near-certain doom. With his best friend Byron Dashwood (Barry Norton) already having died in combat, Gale Price (Gary Cooper) draws the high card next time around.
As he prepares to drop a spy behind enemy lines, Gale remembers the events leading up to this moment—remembering his ill-fated romance with Christine Charteris (Fay Wray), whom he now believes to be a German spy. As he approaches his aircraft, Gale discovers that his passenger is Christine, who is actually an operative in the French secret service. Before she can explain her true identity, Gale is obliged to fly Christine to her rendezvous point. She is arrested as a spy and sentenced to be executed but is saved when the firing squad is destroyed by a bombing raid. Afterwards, they are rescued by their unit and reconciled.
- Gary Cooper as Gale Price
- Fay Wray as Christine Charteris
- Barry Norton as Byron Dashwood
- Lane Chandler as Charles Holabird
- Francis McDonald as Gonzolo Vasquez
- George Voya as Robert Montagnal
- Freeman Wood as Richard De Witt
- Albert Conti as Von Hohendorff
- Charlotte Bird as Celeste
- Toto Guette as Mechanic
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