Under Two Flags (1936 film)

Under Two Flags
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
Written by Bess Meredyth
Allen Rivkin
(additional dialogue, uncredited)
Screenplay by Walter Ferris
W. P. Lipscomb
Based on Under Two Flags
by Ouida
Starring Ronald Colman
Claudette Colbert
Victor McLaglen
Rosalind Russell
Gregory Ratoff
Nigel Bruce
John Carradine
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Ralph Dietrich
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • April 30, 1936 (1936-04-30)
Running time
112 minutes
(copyright length)
98 minutes
(re-release version)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,250,000[1]

Under Two Flags is a 1936 American adventure romance film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert, Victor McLaglen and Rosalind Russell. The picture was based on the 19th century novel of the same name by the writer Ouida. The film has portions of action and melodrama and was widely popular with audiences of its time. The supporting cast features Nigel Bruce, John Carradine and Fritz Leiber.

The novel was previously adapted for the screen in 1912, 1916 starring Theda Bara, and 1922 with direction by Tod Browning.[2]


Victor (Ronald Colman) has taken the blame for his younger brother's crime and joins the French Foreign Legion to escape his past, taking with him his valet, Rake (Herbert Mundin). His commander is the ruthless Major Doyle (Victor McLaglen), who becomes jealous when Cigarette (Claudette Colbert), a cafe singer, sets her sights on Victor. He, however, is more interested in a refined Englishwoman, Lady Venetia (Rosalind Russell), and he eventually dumps Cigarette for her. Then, Doyle sends Victor off on a suicidal mission to get rid of his rival.



The role of 'Cigarette' was originally filmed with Simone Simon but when Zanuck wasn't impressed with her footage he refilmed it with Claudette Colbert.[1]

The film was shot on location in California (Imperial County, Indio, La Quinta and Palm Springs (Palm Canyon)), and in Yuma, Arizona.[3]


The film was a success at the box office.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Philip Liebfriend, Films of the French Foreign Legion, Bear Manor Media 2011
  2. Tepa Lupack, Barbara, ed. (1999). Nineteenth-century Women at the Movies: Adapting Classic Women's Fiction to Film. Popular Press. p. 275. ISBN 0-879-72805-1.
  3. Under Two Flags at the American Film Institute Catalog
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