Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Though not entirely indigenous to Hungary, the "folk play" was a crucial element in the country's cultural heritage. One of these folk plays, Ferenc Caepreghy's A Piros Bugyellaris (The Red Purse), was committed to celluloid in 1938. The titular red purse contains a Regimental payroll, and has been entrusted to feckless Corporal Csillag (Ferenc Kiss). While dallying with a pretty girl, Csillag loses the purse, which passes from hand to hand throughout the rest of the story. The missing money serves as the catalyst for several subplots, including the renewed romance between Csillag and his hometown sweetheart Zsofi (Belle Bordy), now married to a wealthy and much older village official (Arthur Somlay). A handful of musical numbers are peppered throughout the proceedings, most of these performed by leading lady Belle Bordy, prima ballerina of the Budapest Opera House.
loot, love, romance, search, time