Barricade (1939)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Melodrama, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The gathering war clouds in the late 1930s prompted a number of Hollywood films about recent political upheavals, one of which was 20th Century-Fox's Barricade. While fleeing war-torn China by train, two Americans-singer Emmy Jordan (Alice Faye) and journalist Hank Topping (Warner Baxter)-are attacked by Mongol bandits. United in danger, Faye and Baxter fall in love as they attempt to escape the American embassy where they're holed up. More than one reviewer noted that Barricade resembled a modern-dress western, with the Mongol hordes substituting for American Indians. Also noted was the fact that the film had been completed as a nine-reel "A" picture in 1938, undergoing drastic cutting and script revisions before it finally emerged in its present truncated 71-minute form.

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law, anchorperson, attack, chase, China, criminal, detective, embassy, evidence, ex-policeman, false-accusation, invasion, investigator, killing, love, missionary, murder, nightclub, on-the-run, outlaw [Western], pearl, President, rescue, safety, songwriter, train [locomotive], unemployment, woman