Red Salute (1935)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Release Date - Sep 12, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Anti-Communist politics and screwball romance make strange bedfellows in this comic tale that plays like a cross between the previous year's It Happened One Night (1934) and a less-sober version of a later generation's The Way We Were (1973). Barbara Stanwyck stars as Drue Van Allen, a college student whose father (Purnell Pratt) is a general in the U.S. Army. Dad is less than enthused with Drue's new beau Arner (Hardie Albright) because the lad is a propaganda-spouting Communist. The general would rather see Drue with Jeff (Robert Young), a handsome, all-American soldier who, despite the senior officer's endorsement, has chronic run-ins with authority and is about to go AWOL. When Drue and Jeff end up in a stolen trailer bound for Mexico, they get to know each other better, and General Van Allen sees a prime opportunity to get his daughter away from the red menace for keeps. Red Salute (1935) has also been exhibited under the titles Runaway Daughter and Her Enlisted Man.

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arrest, AWOL (Absent Without Leave), border [geographic], boyfriend, college, Communism, love, military, prison, problems, radical, soldier, speech, strife, daughter, man, meeting, runaway [from home], student, youth