Le Rebelle (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - France, USA  |  
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Adapted from a stage play by Lajos Zilahy, Le Rebelle features Pierre Batcheff as the title character, a young chemist named Sabline. His particular form of "revolt" is to refuse to serve to the best of his abilities as a Lieutenant in the Russian army during WWI. Condemned to death for insubordination, Sabline is rescued by his wife Maria (Suzy Vernon), who gives herself to arrogant General Platoff (Thomy Bourdelle) in exchange for her husband's freedom. Sabline is spared, but in the process loses Maria, who by now has fallen in love with Platoff. Zelahy, Le Rebelle was previously filmed in Hollywood as The Virtuous Sin, with Kay Francis and Walter Huston.