Hearts in Bondage

Hearts in Bondage
Directed by Lew Ayres
Produced by Nat Levine (producer)
Herman Schlom (executive producer)
Written by Karl Brown (writer)
Olive Cooper (writer)
Wallace MacDonald (story)
Bernard Schubert (writer)
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography Jack A. Marta
Ernest Miller
Edited by Ralph Dixon
Release dates
  • May 26, 1936 (1936-05-26)
Running time
72 minutes
53 minutes (edited version)
Country United States
Language English

Hearts in Bondage is a 1936 American film directed by Lew Ayres.


This 1936 film is in black and white and is a drama based on events in the American Civil War and starts with citizens choosing loyalty to the Confederate States of America or to the Union in the first days of the crisis. Early scenes show the burning of the USS Merrimack by its Union crew to prevent it from falling into Confederate hands. However, the Merrimack, which had been burnt down to the waterline, was later rebuilt by the Confederacy, as an ironclad, and was renamed the CSS Virginia.

The film shows that, during the war, the Union built its own ironclad, the USS Monitor. When the Virginia emerged on its sortie in the Battle of Hampton Roads it inflicted major damage on the Union fleet in the harbor. Subsequent scenes show the arrival of the Monitor and its battle with the Virginia.

Scenes of the battle are dramatic and appear to have been done with actual sailing ships, not models.


Hooper Atchley, Maurice Brierre, Sonny Bupp, Smiley Burnette, Bob Card, Allan Cavan, Lane Chandler, Marc Cramer, Earl Eby, Jack Evans, Pat Flaherty, Herman Hack, Jack Ingram, Eugene Jackson, Charles King, Ethan Laidlaw, Frankie Marvin, Robert Paige, Henry Roquemore, Clinton Rosemond, Helen Seamon, Harry Strang, Arthur Wanzer, Cecil Watson and Wally West appear uncredited.

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