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Monitor vs. Merrimack Civil War Film: Hearts in Bondage DVD (1936). Directed by Lew Ayres. Starring James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners, Charlotte Henry, Henry Walthall, Fritz Leiber, George Irving, Irving Pichel, J. M. Kerrigan, Frank McGlynn Sr., Ben Alexander, Oscar Apfel, Clay Clement, Edward Gargan, and Russell Hicks.


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  • Actors: James Dunn, Mae Clarke
  • Directors: Lew Ayres
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Quality Information Publishers, Inc.
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0012ZPJAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in the middle of the Civil War, Hearts in Bondage is a tempestuous love story that ebbs and flows with the events surrounding the famous Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack, two armored battleships going head to head. Superb actors Mae Clarke and James Dunn are lovers who've been separated by their family's Civil War loyalties. Dunn is a Union naval officer on the USS Monitor and Clarke's brother is a Confederate naval officer on the USS Merrimack. Closely mirroring real events, the story builds to an explosive climax as the bitter rivals will fight against each other on their respective battleships. Some exemplary special effects (for the 1930s) make the combat scenes vivid and engrossing. But overall, Hearts in Bondage is a passionate love story and with Mae Clarke and James Dunn, it's a special motion picture experience.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ramm on June 3, 2010
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I recently had a surge of interest in the early 'iron-clad' ship technology and in searching around for information on the subject came upon this DVD of the old (1936) film entitled "Hearts In Bondage". This movie is a dramatization of the events surrounding the famous US Civil War naval battle between the early iron-clad vessels Monitor & Merrimack. The run time for the film is relatively short (approx. 60 minutes) and it moves right along - presenting the various elements of the plot in a framework of a romantic 'love story' that helps to emphasize some of the deep divisions within family life that the Civil War caused. Within this context the, relatively familiar, tale of the construction of the Confederate iron-clad "Virgina' from the remains of the Union vessel Merrimack and the struggles that 'northern' inventor John Eriksson faced in getting his revolutionary design for the Monitor implemented are played out. The film climaxes with an excellent recreation of the famous battle of the first iron-clads at Hampton Roads - the model works and special effects are very effective, even by modern standards! I found this to be a very enjoyable viewing experience - with good print quality (B&W, of course) and an engaging cast and production values. Highly recommended!
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