This is the Final script dated August 28,
1931. The movie’s U.S. release date was December 6, 1931.
Screenplay by S. N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, based on the
Axelle by Pierre Benoit. Directed
by William K. Howard, the cast included Warner Baxter as
Sgt. Dumaine, Leila Hyams as Axelle, Ralph Bellamy as Capt.
Ebbing, C. Aubrey Smith as Count Reichendorf, Alexander
Kirkland as Dietrich Reichendorf, William Pawley as Gourrut,
Howard Phillips as Claverie, George Beranger as Fichet,
Bodil Rosing as Domenica, Tom Ricketts as Gottlieb, Frank
Arthur Swales as Hugo, Joe Sawyer as Muller, Al Burke as
Audemard and Jack Conrad as Sylvestre.
Behrman in many ways typified the American
screenwriter of the early sound film era. He was brought to
Hollywood following a career as a playwright, worked mostly
as an adapter of plays and novels to the screen, wrote
nearly all of his scripts with a collaborator, and stayed in
motion pictures strictly for the financial reward. Behrman
displayed considerable artistic integrity and had the
ability to adapt faithfully from works as diverse as
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and