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The Battle Cry of Peace (1915)

Enemy agents under the leadership of "Emanon" conspire with pacifists to keep the American defense appropriations down at a time when forces of the enemy are preparing to invade. The ... See full summary »

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Charles Richman ...
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James Morrison ...
Charley Harrison
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Mrs. Harrison
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Mrs. Vandergriff
Harold Hubert ...
John Vandergriff
Jack Crawford ...
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The Master
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Magdalen
Evart Overton ...
Vandergriff's Son
Belle Bruce ...
Alice Harrison
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Virginia Vandergriff
Lucille Hammill ...
Dorothy Vandergriff
George Stevens ...
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Thais Lawton ...
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Enemy agents under the leadership of "Emanon" conspire with pacifists to keep the American defense appropriations down at a time when forces of the enemy are preparing to invade. The invasion comes, and New York, Washington, and other American cities are devastated. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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14 September 1915 (USA)  »

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Followed by Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation (1917) See more »

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Near-future war fantasia
14 May 2003 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

'The Battle Cry of Peace' is a weird film, depicting a near-future military invasion of the United States, and the subjugation of the American people. Surprisingly, another film on this same theme ('The Fall of a Nation') was made only a few months later. This theme was considered very timely during the First World War ... and it's timely once again, in the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In 'Battle Cry', the invading legions are commanded by a mysterious dictator known only as 'Emanon' (or 'No Name' spelt backwards). The American people, lulled into false security by homegrown pacifists, are caught unawares as foreign submarines breach the waters along the eastern seaboard. With surprising speed, America's cities are conquered and the people are enslaved by Emanon's occupying army.

Several national figures appear as themselves in this film, including Admiral Dewey and (the Army's Chief of Staff) General Leonard Wood. It seems odd that American military leaders would play themselves in a fictional movie in which America suffers a military *defeat* ... yet it's clear that this film is meant to serve as a warning, rather than a prophecy.

'The Battle Cry of Peace' is crude and clumsy, even for its time ... but its intentions are good, and its theme is more relevant today than it was in 1915. I'll rate this movie 4 points out of 10.


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