The Last Train from Madrid
The Last Train from Madrid is a 1937 American war drama film directed by James P. Hogan and starring Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres and Gilbert Roland. It is set during the Spanish Civil War. The film was one of the few contemporary Hollywood films made about the war.
|The Last Train from Madrid|
|Directed by||James P. Hogan|
|Produced by||George M. Arthur|
|Screenplay by||Louis Stevens|
|Based on||Paul Hervey Fox|
|Edited by||Everett Douglas|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 6, 1937|
Like another film about the Spanish Civil War being made at this time, Love Under Fire the filmmakers were careful not to take sides. Paramount executives described it as a "sort of a Grand Hotel theme". The production had a number of issues with the Hays Office due to the political aspects of the subject. Filming took place in April and May 1937. It was mainly shot at Paramount's studios and at the Iverson Ranch, although some secondary location shooting took place in Palencia in Castille. The sets were designed by the art directors Earl Hedrick and Hans Dreier.
In a review the New York Times suggested that it should not be regarded too seriously. "True, it treats of the Spanish Revolution, but merely as Hollywood has in the past regarded the turmoils of Ruritania and Zenda".
The story of seven people: their lives and love affairs in Madrid during the Civil War.
- Dorothy Lamour as Carmelita Castillo
- Lew Ayres as Bill Dexter
- Gilbert Roland as Eduardo de Soto
- Karen Morley as Helene Rafitto
- Lionel Atwill as Colonel Vigo
- Helen Mack as Lola
- Robert Cummings as Juan Ramos
- Olympe Bradna as Maria Ronda
- Anthony Quinn as Captain Ricardo Alvarez
- Lee Bowman as Michael Balk
- Francis Ford as Pedro Elias
- Alan Ladd as Soldier
- Evelyn Brent as Woman soldier
- Jack Perrin as Guard
- Robert Emmett O'Connor as Secret Service Man
- Louis Natheaux as Headwaiter
- Rollo Lloyd as Hernandez
- Nigel De Brulier as Philosopher
- Gordon De Main as Gonzalez
- Louise Carter as Rosa Delgado
- Maurice Cass as Waiter
- Hooper Atchley as Martin
- Francis McDonald as Mora
- George MacQuarrie as Driver
- Carl Harbaugh as Militiaman
- Otto Hoffman as Fernando
- Stanley Fields Avila
Writing for Night and Day in 1937, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, describing it bluntly as "probably the worst film of the decade". Greene criticized the film's acting and noted that rather than experiencing the "emotional and uplifting" message that was intended to come from the dialogue, he instead found the efforts to be humorous in effect.
- The Last Train from Madrid at TCMDB
- Schindler p.191
- Spanish War to Be Basis of Two Films: Studios Use Care to Avoid Taking Sides. Shaffer, George. Chicago Daily Tribune 09 Apr 1937: 24.
- Schindler p.191
- No More Trailers For Bob Cummings The Washington Post 23 May 1937: TR1.
- Schindler p.191
- Greene, Graham (8 July 1937). "Black Legion/Night Must Fall/Top of the Town/The Last Train from Madrid". Night and Day. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. Oxford University Press. p. 154. ISBN 0192812866.)
- Schindler, Colin. Hollywood in Crisis: Cinema and American Society 1929-1939. Routledge, 2005.
- Kear, Lynn & King, James. Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland & Co, 2009.
- The Last Train from Madrid at IMDb
- The Last Train from Madrid at Time out
- The Last Train from Madrid at AllMovie
- The Last Train from Madrid at the TCM Movie Database