The Prisoner of Corbal
|The Prisoner of Corbal|
|Directed by||Karl Grune|
|Produced by||Max Schach|
|Written by||S. Fullman|
|Based on||the novel The Nuptials of Corbal by Rafael Sabatini|
|Music by||Allan Gray|
|Edited by||Walter Stokvis|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
The Prisoner of Corbal is a 1936 British historical drama film directed by Karl Grune and starring Nils Asther, Hugh Sinclair and Hazel Terry. It is also known by the alternative title The Marriage of Corbal. It is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
The aristocrat Cleonie is the object of affection for both the Marquis of Corbal and Citizen-Deputy of the revolution, Varennes. The latter saves Cleonie from the guillotine by disguising her as his nephew and smuggling her out of France.
- Nils Asther as Varennes
- Hugh Sinclair as Marquis of Corbal
- Hazel Terry as Cleonie
- Noah Beery as The Sergeant
- Ernst Deutsch as The Fugitive
- Davy Burnaby as Pierre
- Clifford McLaglen as Jean
- Arthur Rigby as Major
- Ralph Truman as Charles
- Brian Buchel as Roger
- Gordon Begg as Shepherd
- Vincent Sternroyd as Deaf Peasant
- Charles Paton as French Commandant
- Percy Walsh as Gamekeeper
- Walter Sondes as Chaplain
- Hubert Leslie as General
- Moyna Lynd as Hostess at Inn
Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene described the film as "incredibly silly and incredibly badly written but [with] a kind of wide-eyed innocense [...] which is almost endearing". Greene characterized the dialogue as "the worst I have heard these twelve months", and criticized the scenario and acting (which he attributed to the direction). Acknowledging the praise for this film from other reviewers Greene expressed concerns that other reviews may have been tainted by the presence of money.
TV Guide noted, "some racy bedroom scenes were clipped for the US release. The actors suffer from miscasting, but Asther gives an outstanding performance. Interesting use of camera angles stands out, as does the direction of the crowd scenes."
- "The Marriage of Corbal (1936)". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
- "The Marriage of Corbal (1936) - Karl Grune - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- Greene, Graham (5 June 1936). "The Marriage of Corbal". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Greene, Graham (1980). Taylor, John Russell (ed.). The Pleasure-Dome: The Collected Film Criticism 1935–40. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 78–80. ISBN 978-0-19-281286-5.)
- "Prisoner Of Corbal". TVGuide.com.
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