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Director:
Writers:
Laurence Stallings (story)
Harry Behn (scenario)
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Release Date:
1926 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
King Vidor's PICTURIZATION of LAURENCE STALLINGS' GREAT STORY See more »
Plot:
The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins See more »
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(31 articles)
User Reviews:
Classic silent film See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Gilbert ... James Apperson

Renée Adorée ... Melisande (as Renee Adoree)
Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Apperson

Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Apperson

Claire Adams ... Justyn Reed
Robert Ober ... Harry
Tom O'Brien ... Bull
Karl Dane ... Slim
Rosita Marstini ... French Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Beranger ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Crocker ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Julanne Johnston ... Justine Devereux (uncredited)
Kathleen Key ... Miss Apperson (uncredited)
Dan Mason ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Carl 'Major' Roup ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Carl Voss ... Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
George W. Hill (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Laurence Stallings (story)

Harry Behn (scenario)

Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joseph W. Farnham)

Laurence Stallings  screenplay (uncredited)
King Vidor  uncredited

Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (1988 Turner print)
David Gill .... producer (1988 Turner print)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
King Vidor .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by)
Carl Davis (1988 score)
David Mendoza (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John Arnold (photography)
Charles Van Enger (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
 
Casting by
Robert McIntyre (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ethel P. Chaffin (wardrobe designed by)
Robert Florey (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... production manager: video presentation (1988 Turner print)
Dave Friedman .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Howard .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
James Basevi .... settings
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
Robert Florey .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Barlow .... electrician (uncredited)
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hendrik Sartov .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Roger Holmes .... videotape editor (1988 Turner print)
 
Music Department
Richard Bradford .... music recordist (1988 Turner print)
Carl Davis .... music composed and conducted by (1988 Turner print)
Mike Fairbairn .... dubbing assistant (1988 Turner print)
José-Luis Garcia .... orchestra leader (1988 Turner print)
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator (1988 Turner print)
David Matthews .... orchestrator (1988 Turner print)
Oscar Radin .... orchestra under the direction of
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frances Hewson .... production assistant (1988 Turner print)
Carl Voss .... military advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (presents) (controlled by Loew's Incorporated) (King Vidor's Production) (A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture)
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Runtime:
140 min (original: 24 fps) | USA:130 min (re-release: 24.4 fps) | UK:128 min (1988 TCM print) | 151 min (TCM print)
Country:
Color:
Black and White (with tinted sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Silent | Mono (music and sound effects) (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Portugal:17 (short version) | Spain:13 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The movie was a huge hit. When MGM discovered that a clause in director King Vidor's contract entitled him to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called a meeting with him. At the meeting, MGM accountants played up the costs of the picture while downgrading the studio forecast of its potential success. Vidor was persuaded to sell his stake in the film for a small sum. The film ran for 96 weeks at the Astor Theater and grossed $5 million (approximately $50 million in 2003 dollars) domestically by 1930, making it the most profitable release in MGM history at that point. Said Vidor, "I thus spared myself from becoming a millionaire instead of a struggling young director trying to do something interesting and better with a camera."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Jim is getting dressed in the hayloft for his date, Slim jokingly refers to him as "Mr. Hemingway". When the film was being made in 1924-25 Ernest Hemingway was becoming famous, but in the movie's time frame of 1917, he was still unknown.See more »
Quotes:
James Apperson:[Melisande has just said something to him in French] I don't understand a word you say... but I know what you mean!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Metaphor (1980)See more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Classic silent film, 4 June 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Movie takes place during WWI in 1917. Jim Apperson (John Gilbert) is an idle son of a rich man. He enlists in the Army when WWI begins leaving behind a loving girlfriend. He becomes buddies with Slim (Karl Dane) and Bull (Tom O'Brien). They go to France where he falls in love with Melisande (Renee Adoree). But then he has to go off to combat. Will he survive and come back to her? And how about his girlfriend back home?

The plot is somewhat predictable (I knew how it was going to end halfway through) but this is still a GREAT film! The first half deals with Jim, Slim and Bull in a small town in France where they meet Melisande. It's chock full of some very unfunny humor and juvenile antics between the soldiers--but the romance between Jim and Melisande really works. There's some truly beautiful moments with them--especially a nighttime scene by a lake. And the sequence where he says goodbye to her is truly touching.

The second half deals with Jim and his buddies in combat. The war footage is strong and (for 1925) pretty graphic. It shows the pain and agony of war quite graphically--but Gilbert's little speech in the foxhole is a bit much (and Gilbert overdoes it). It all does lead up to a happy ending which I liked...but didn't buy for a minute.

This is all helped along by a beautiful music score done in 1988. It really helps the move tremendously. The direction by King Vidor was astonishing--the battle sequences are exciting (and harrowing) and the romantic scenes work equally well. Gilbert is pretty good in the lead--it's easy to see why he was such a big star. Adoree is just gorgeous and makes a very beautiful heroine. Dane is just VERY annoying as Slim. He overacts constantly and he's the (un)funny comic relief--but he does turn noble at the end. O'Brien is pretty good also.

This was a HUGE hit in its day...but is completely forgotten today. That's too bad--it's truly a great film. A must see!

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