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A Farewell to Arms -- A ravishing adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's legendary novel, A FAREWELL TO ARMS stars Gary Cooper (High Noon) as Lt. Frederic Henry, a young ambulance driver for the Italian army in WWI, more interested in chasing women than the enemy.  When seeking cover during an air raid, he encounters Nurse Catherine Barkley (a radiant Helen Hayes), and the world shifts under his feet.  They fall in love, but the war keeps wrenching them apart.

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Director:
Writers:
Benjamin Glazer (screenplay) and
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 December 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"Let's love tonight," they said, "There may be no tomorrow!" See more »
Plot:
A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(58 articles)
Hemingway Foundation Turns Author’s Novels Into 15-Second Instagram Videos
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The Great War and the devotion of two people See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helen Hayes ... Catherine Barkley

Gary Cooper ... Lt. Frederic Henry

Adolphe Menjou ... Maj. Rinaldi
Mary Philips ... Helen Ferguson
Jack La Rue ... Priest
Blanche Friderici ... Head Nurse
Mary Forbes ... Miss Van Campen
Gilbert Emery ... British Major
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Adair ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Henry Armetta ... Bonello - Italian Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Swiss Postal Clerk (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Giulio - Hospital Porter (uncredited)
Robert Cauterio ... Gordini (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Swiss Nurse (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian Soldier (uncredited)
Peggy Cunningham ... Molly - Disgraced Nurse (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Piani - Singer (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Nurse (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Manera (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Harry - Innkeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
 
Writing credits
Benjamin Glazer (screenplay) and
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay)

Ernest Hemingway (novel)

Laurence Stallings  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Edward A. Blatt .... associate producer (uncredited)
Benjamin Glazer .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herman Hand (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Otho Lovering (uncredited)
George Nichols Jr. (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson (uncredited)
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Griffin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jean Negulesco .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Clem Jones .... props (uncredited)
Joe Robbins .... props (uncredited)
Joe Thompson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Hansen .... sound (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Loyal Griggs .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... transparencies (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Pittack .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Gross .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joe Robbins .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Grace Dubray .... script clerk (uncredited)
Robert M. Gillham .... general press agent (uncredited)
Charles Griffin .... technical advisor: war sequences (uncredited)
Dr. Jardini .... technical advisor: hospital sequences (uncredited)
Daniel Keefe .... business manager (uncredited)
Jean Negulesco .... assistant: Benjamin Glazer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
80 min | Spain:83 min | USA:89 min (original version) | UK:79 min (DVD version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1996) | Finland:S (1989) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #4306-R, 9 May 1938 for re-release)

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Trivia:
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Catherine Barkley:[Catherine comes to tend a wounded Henry] Hello, darling!
Lieutenant Frederic Henry:Catherine!
[she kisses him]
Lieutenant Frederic Henry:You're lovely.
Catherine Barkley:Are you badly hurt?
Lieutenant Frederic Henry:You're lovely.
Catherine Barkley:[concerned] Oh my poor darling, it's your leg, isn't it?
Lieutenant Frederic Henry:You're the loveliest thing I ever saw.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Santa LuciaSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Great War and the devotion of two people, 3 May 2007

There's World War I going and Lieutenant Frederick Henry is fighting for his life.The war becomes secondary when he meets and falls in love with nurse Catherine Barkley.Having big emotions for another person during the war is dangerous since there's the chance of losing that person.They're both afraid.He may not admit that, but they're both afraid.Frank Borzage's A Farewell to Arms (1932) is based on Ernest Hemingway's novel.It won two Academy Awards from best cinematography (Charles Lang) and best sound, recording (Franklin Hansen).It would have deserved awards for acting, as well.The charismatic Gary Cooper and the admirable Helen Hayes do a fantastic job as the leading couple.Then there's also the great Adolphe Menjou as Major Rinaldi.The dialogue is brilliant.Lots of lovely words are spoken about love.I know there are many people who would say a movie from 75 years back is too old for them.I'd say that's their lost.A Farewell to Arms offers great feelings from the first meeting till the tragic ending.

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