Paramount decided, after much disagreement, to keep Hemingway's original ending and fade out after the death of Catherine Barkley. This ending was kept for the European release, but a new ending in which Barkley lives was later added to the U.S. release.
"A Farewell to Arms" originally ran 89 minutes, and was later cut to 78 minutes for a 1938 re-issue. The 89-minute version (unseen since the original theatrical run in 1932 and long thought to be lost) was released on DVD in 1999 by Image Entertainment (and re-released on DVD and blu-ray in 2011 by Kino Lorber Films), mastered from a nitrate print located in the David O. Selznick vaults.
SPOILER: As now shown on U.S. television, the film ends as the novel does, with the death of Catherine.
The film was re-released by Warner Brothers. For this release, the 1940s Warner Bros. shield logo was added to the film and the Paramount one was completely removed, and the credits were entirely redone in the more modern style of 1940s films. The film as shown on TCM and as released on DVD features the original 1932 credits.