Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence


Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Ricardo Cortez
USA, 1939
62min, OF

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Ricardo Cortez
USA, 1939
, 62min, OF

Jean Rogers
Raymond Walburn
Marjorie Rambeau
Glenn Ford
Richard Conte
Eddie Collins
Ward Bond
Dalton Trumbo
Leonard Hoffman
Ben Grauman Kohn
Sam Duncan
Edward Cronjager
Samuel Kaylin

20th Century Fox
35 mm

Sowohl Glenn Ford als auch Richard Conte gaben in HEAVEN WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE ihr Hauptrollen-Debüt. In dem Roadmovie quittiert ein optimistischer Träumer seinen Job, um per Daumen und Bahn in Richtung Westen zu reisen, wo ein Stück Natur, das er per Post gekauft hat, darauf wartet, in Farmland umgewandelt zu werden. Auf seiner pittoresken Reise trifft er unterschiedliche Leute; der Gedankenaustausch mit ihnen in Güterwägen oder an Hobo- Lagerfeuern schafft den komödiantischen Charme des Films und kontrastiert ihn mit Dust-Bowl-Naturkatastrophen und Unfällen, die das bukolische Ideal bedrohen.



Marking the screen debuts of both Glenn Ford and Richard Conte (here Nicolas Conte), HEAVEN WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE was one of seven films helmed for 20th Century Fox by actor turned director Ricardo Cortez, brother of cinematographer Stanley Cortez. A gently rambling road movie, HEAVEN WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE follows an optimistic dreamer who quits his department store job to travel impatiently West, by thumb and by rail, to Arizona where a plot of land he purchased by mail waits to be transformed into a farm. Along the way he befriends Conte’s garrulous drifter and, more unexpectedly, a Spanish Civil War exile played by serial-starlet Jean Rogers, with beloved handlebar moustached character actor Raymond Walburn tagging along as an absent-minded professor lending a comic accent to the spontaneous group dialogue. Much of the pleasure of the film lies, in fact, in those scenes of the unlikely group bonding in freight cars and besides hobo camp fires, sharing their dreams and musings on life on the road. But darker forces also gather around the edges of the film, with specters of Dust Bowl poverty and cruel accidents threatening to shatter the travelers’ hopes for bucolic and greener pastures. (Haden Guest)