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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 »
NewsDesk:
(32 articles)
User Reviews:
Outstanding Silent Film See more (40 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 unit portrayed is the 42d Infantry Division (Rainbow Division) as determined by the three color (red-yellow-blue) rainbow patch (long version) worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniform. Casualties were so high that post-war the patch was cut in half and worn on the forward half of the sleeve instead of centered because "we left half our rainbow in France." During the transport scene the tailgates of the trucks are all painted with "42" and then the truck number. The credits thank the 2d Division (Indianhead) so painting the "4" prior to the pre-existing "2" may have facilitated that. The 42d Division was later a New York Army National Guard unit and you could find units in Syracuse, Geneva, etc.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:
Intertitle card:[War has been declared. America is going to enter WWI, which sets off a wave of patriotic fervor] What a thing is patriotism! We go for years not knowing we have it. Suddenly - Martial music!... Native flags!... Friends cheer!... and it becomes life's greatest emotion!See more »
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding Silent Film, 18 September 2001
Author: David Lane from Winston-Salem, NC

This is one of the best silent movies ever made, and probably the best WWI movie ever made, silent or sound. It's one of the greatest movies I have seen to show how war can turn one man's world upside down, yet not necessarily in a completely negative way as have other films. The direction is superb. The acting is wonderful. In particular, Renee Adoree's character is adorable as the French heroine. In one of the movie's most romantic scenes (and a much parodied one), Renee's character anxiously finds Gilbert, who is in the process of moving on to battle. When they unite, the two almost can't be seperated, even as the cars are moving. It's one of the most emotional scenes ever.

Then there are the battle scenes, which are stellar. The character development is wonderful, as lazy, rich boy Jim joins the war only to please his friends and fiancee. Then, he finds out what war is all about, as well as true love. "Slim" makes a nice comedic supporting character, who again is finally seen in a different light in the face of battle.

One thing I should note, is that the version of this film I saw is the one scored by Carl Davis. I also heard his score for "the Lodger" and thought it was distracting if anything. But this score is an example of the perfect silent score. It actually shows the maximum "potential" of the film. It's always appropriate, is molded to every scene, takes advantage of a modern orchestra while still preserving several stylistic nuances of older films. Kudos to Mr. Davis for a fine score.

Finally, why wasn't there room for this on AFI's 100 list? It's certainly better than "the Jazz Singer" or "Easy Rider", and probably a ton of others on the list. Part of the problem, I realize is that so few people have seen this. There's only about 150 votes so far on this site. This masterpiece should be seen at least once by any serious film lover. A perfect 10!

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