The Case of Sergeant Grischa 1930

In a season of musical fluff and drawing room persiflage "The Case of Sergeant Grischa" stands out like a lighthouse. It is one of the important productions of the new year stark, compelling drama marching relentlessly to a tragic close, almost unrelieved by humor. Too drab and wordy to have a widespread appeal, it is nevertheless another directorial achievement for Herbert Brenon.

It is another war story, but there are no trench scenes. The action is laid on the Eastern front of the German Army. The tragic death of the escaped Russian soldier by a German firing squad is brilliantly handled, almost unbearable in its intensity. Chester Morris is superb as the human, lovable Grischa. Fine support is offered by Betty Compson, Jean Hersholt and Alec B. Francis. All Talkie.

Photoplay March 1930


The Case of Sergeant Grischa
United States 1930

Directed by

Leyland Hodgson
Bernard Siegel


Running time:91 minutes
Country:United States

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