Red Salute

Red Salute

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Produced by Edward Small
Screenplay by
Story by Humphrey Pearson
Music by Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Grant Whytock
Reliance Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 12, 1935 (1935-09-12) (USA)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Red Salute (also released as Arms and the Girl) is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young. Based on a story by Humphrey Pearson, the film is about the daughter of an US Army general who becomes involved with a Communist agitator in order to annoy her father. The general has his daughter kidnapped and taken to Mexico, where he hopes she will forget her radical boyfriend and become attracted to a young handsome soldier.


Drue Van Allen (Stanwyck) plays the daughter of a general, in love with a Communist agitator. The general arranges for her to be taken off to Mexico against her will. Determined to return to Washington, she falls in with a rowdy soldier (Young) who more-or-less accidentally goes AWOL, crosses the border in a stolen military vehicle, and kidnaps an easy-going traveler (Edwards) to hide in his homemade trailer.



The original working title of the film was Her Uncle Sam. The film was made to cash in on the rise of radicalism in US colleges in the 1930s.[1] Filming started in June 1935.[2] The film features the song "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now".

It was one of the first anti-Communist movies made in the US. This saw it re-released in 1948 with the rise in anti Communist feeling.[3][4]

The film is also known by its reissue title Her Enlisted Man.

Critical response

Writing for The Spectator in 1935, Graham Greene praised the film, describing it as "one of the best comedies of the screen since It Happened One Night", and characterizing the acting of Stanwyck and Young as "admirable performances".[5]


  1. CINEMA PRODUCER ADVOCATES ELIMINATION OF "B" FILMS Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] September 17, 1935: 13.
  2. SCREEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] June 18, 1935: 25.
  3. DRAMA AND FILM: Bromfield Kin Clicks; Hit Novels on Agenda Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] December 18, 1947: A11.
  4. CROSBY IN PICTURE WITH FITZGERALD: Paramount Again Links Pair in 'Diamond in Haystack,' New Story by Beloin By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] December 19, 1947: 34.
  5. Greene, Graham (22 November 1935). "Arms and the Girl/Accent on Youth". The Spectator. (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0192812866.)

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