Captain of the Guard (film)

Captain of the Guard is a 1930 American musical film directed by John S. Robertson and Pál Fejös and starring Laura La Plante, John Boles and Sam De Grasse.[1][2] It is set during the French Revolution, but was sufficiently unhistorical that an apology was included in the opening credit for any factual inaccuracies.[3]

Captain of the Guard
Lobby card
Directed byJohn S. Robertson
Pál Fejös (uncredited)
Written byGeorge Manker Watters
Arthur Ripley
Story byHouston Branch
StarringLaura La Plante
John Boles
Sam De Grasse
Music byCharles Wakefield Cadman
Heinz Roemheld
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Hal Mohr
Edited byMilton Carruth
Ted J. Kent
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 29, 1930 (1930-03-29) (U.S.)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States



Initial director Pál Fejös escaped serious injury during filming in October 1929 after falling 88 feet from scaffolding while directing a mob scene, and was later replaced by John S. Robertson.[3] Robertson received full directing credit for the film.


  1. ""Captain of the Guard"". Sydney Mail. XXXVIII, (967). New South Wales, Australia. 8 October 1930. p. 29. Retrieved 20 May 2019 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. "Holiday Fare". The Sun (1436). New South Wales, Australia. 5 October 1930. p. 6. Retrieved 20 May 2019 via National Library of Australia. ,..."La Marseillaise" is the theme of "The Captain of the Guard," a film in which John Boles takes the part of the composer, Rouget de Lisle...
  3. Bradley, Edwin M. (2004). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 through 1932. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 185. ISBN 0-7864-2029-4.

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