Ket Fogoly (1937)

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Ket Fogoly (Two Prisoners) was adapted by Lajos Zihaly from his own novel. A scant few weeks after their marriage, Peter (Paul Javor) and Miette (Gizi Bahor) are separated when Peter is conscripted to fight in WW1. While serving in Siberia, Peter is taken prisoner, though he promises to escape and return to the arms of his wife. As Miette sits home in anguish and anticipation, Peter tries and fails several times to elude his captors. Emotionally shattered by the ordeal, Miette finds comfort with family friend Ivan (Gabor Rajnay); meanwhile, Peter, resigned to his fate, enters into an affair with Russian girl Zinaida (Irene Agay). Thus begins a snowballing series of misunderstandings and misteps that end in disaster for Peter but culminate in happiness (of sorts) for Miette. Director Istvan Szekeley left Hungary in 1938 to relocate in Hollywood, where he continued to work under the name of Steve Sekely.

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escape, extramarital-affair, love, marriage, military, prison, separation, war