Cast & Crew
At the headquarters of the 6th Marine Regiment in China, Privates Schmidt and Hanlon are placed on trial for desertion, and Hanlon tells the following story: While his regiment was in Russia, he married Tanya, the daughter of an aristocrat. During the Revolution, he was separated from her, and she was reported dead. Time passed, and news was received of the whereabouts of the Russian (Heckla) responsible for the death of Tanya's family. Hanlon and Schmidt (joined by William Calhoun) deserted their posts in search of revenge. Heckla was killed; Calhoun was mortally wounded; and Schmidt was driven insane by water torture. Hanlon returned to his regiment with the crazed Schmidt. Back in the present, Tanya unexpectedly appears at the court-martial and corroborates the details of her husband's story. Hanlon's reunion with Tanya is delayed by the three days he must serve in the guardhouse for desertion.
Harry H. Poppe
Best Writing, Screenplay
In addition to a silent version with a sound sequence, a silent version without sound was also distributed