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


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.


  • Ronald Colman as Sergeant Victor
  • Claudette Colbert as Cigarette
  • Victor McLaglen as Major J.C. Doyle
  • Rosalind Russell as Lady Venetia Cunningham
  • Gregory Ratoff as Ivan
  • Nigel Bruce as Captain Menzies
  • C. Henry Gordon as Lieutenant Petaine
  • Herbert Mundin as Rake
  • John Carradine as Cafard
  • Lumsden Hare as Lord Seraph
  • J. Edward Bromberg as Colonel Ferol
  • Onslow Stevens as Sidi-Ben Youssiff
  • Fritz Leiber as French Governor
  • Thomas Beck as Pierre
  • William Ricciardi as Cigarette's Father
  • Frank Reicher as French General
  • Francis McDonald as Husson
  • Harry Semels as Sergeant Malinas
  • Nicholas Soussanin as Levine
  • Douglas Gerrard as Colonel Farley
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