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Jane Cowl (play)
Guy Fowler (book)
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Release Date:
18 October 1928 (USA) See more »
SEE LIFE at its most magnificent moments---in the most magnificent spectacle the screen has ever given you! See more »
All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot's farmhouse in France... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Colleen Moore ... Jeannine Berthelot

Gary Cooper ... Capt. Philip Blythe

Eugenie Besserer ... Madame Berthelot

Burr McIntosh ... Gen. Blythe

Kathryn McGuire ... Lady Iris Rankin
Cleve Moore ... Capt. Russell (flight commander)

Arthur Lake ... The Unlucky One
Richard Jarvis ... Aviator

Jack Stoney ... The Kid
Dan Dowling ... Aviator
Dick Grace ... Aviator
Stuart Knox ... Aviator
Jack Ponder ... Aviator
Harlan Hilton ... Aviator

George Cooper ... Sergeant Hawkins

Edward Dillon ... Corporal 'Smithie'
Emile Chautard ... The Mayor
Eddie Clayton ... The Enemy Ace (as Edward Clayton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Mason

Philo McCullough ... German Officer

Nelson McDowell ... French Drummer
J. Gunnis Davis ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Frankie Genardi ... (uncredited)

Paul Hurst ... (uncredited)
Yolanda Kruger ... (uncredited)
Harold Lockwood ... (uncredited)

Directed by
George Fitzmaurice 
Frank Lloyd (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jane Cowl  play
Guy Fowler  book
Willis Goldbeck  adaptation
George Marion Jr.  titles
Jane Murfin  play
Adela Rogers St. Johns  adaptation
Carey Wilson  scenario

Produced by
George Fitzmaurice .... producer
John McCormick .... producer
Original Music by
Cecil Copping (silent version)
Nathaniel Shilkret 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox 
Film Editing by
Alexander Hall 
Art Direction by
Horace Jackson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Alvin Knechtel .... aerial camera operator
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera
Music Department
Leo Erdody .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Nathaniel Shilkret .... conductor (uncredited)
Fritz Stahlberg .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert De Coudeic .... technical advisor (as Captain Robert De Coudeic)
Dick Grace .... technical flight commander
Harry Redmond Sr. .... technical advisor
L.J.S. Scott .... technical advisor (as Captain L.J.S. Scott)

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Also Known As:
"Love Never Dies" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (musical score and sound effects) | Silent

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Frank Lloyd directed several scenes when director George Fitzmaurice was unavailable, and also some additional scenes after the film was finished.See more »
Jeannine Berthelot:[inter-title] I cannot let you go, my Philip - I cannot let you go.
Capt. Philip Blythe:[inter-title] Jeannie, I'll come back no matter what happens. I will get back somehow.
Jeannine Berthelot:[inter-title] I will wait for you, my Philip - all my life I'll wait here for you.
Jeannine Berthelot:[inter-title] Goodbye, Lilac Time, my very heart says - je t'aime - I love you - I love you.
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Movie Connections:
Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac TimeSee more »


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Pedestrian WWI romance with fine Moore performance, 8 February 2002

This is a pretty simplistic romance. Girl finds boy, girl loves boy, girl loses boy, girl finds boy. Colleen Moore is the outstanding ingredient in this recipe, delivering a wonderfully varied dramatic/romantic performance, well deserving of an Oscar nom. Equally fine are the aerial combat special effects.

Moore plays a French girl whose mother has turned over their field to a British aerial squadron during WWI. She is the "daughter of the regiment", loved as a little sister. Into this mix comes a fill-in for a downed flyer, Gary Cooper. At first they hate each other, then they love each other, then the entire squadron is sent out on a suicide mission. Cooper returns but crashes in the village and a red cross unit removes him. Moore searches for him, is told at a hospital he is dead, then wanders the streets until he calls from a hospital window and they are reunited.

It's a nice little romance, but hardly more than that. Recommended for fans of Ms. Moore and Mr. Cooper

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