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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)
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All's Fair in Love and War 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)
 
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Runtime:
80 min | Spain:83 min | USA:89 min (original version) | UK:79 min (DVD version)
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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 Production Code was in place when the film was re-released in 1938. Consequently, 12 minutes of footage had to be excised for it to meet code standards. Luckily, producer David O. Selznick had acquired an original negative, as he was so keen to buy the remake rights, so the original cut has been preserved (Selznick finally acquired the rights in 1955, making his own version two years later with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones).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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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
All's Fair in Love and War, 4 June 2004
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Paramount, 1932), directed by Frank Borzage, is the first, so far, of three screen adaptations to Ernest Hemingway's classic 1930 novel. It is a tender love story set against the background of the Great War (World War I) involving two young people, Frederic Henry (Gary Cooper), an American lieutenant and ambulance driver in the Italian unit, and Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), a war nurse, who are kept apart by Major Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou), Frederic's Italian friend, who not only loves Catherine, but doesn't want him to "lose his head over a woman."

In the supporting cast are Mary Phillips (Helen Ferguson, a nurse and Catherine closest friend who objects to her continued romance with the young American); Jack LaRue (the soft-spoken Italian priest); and Blanche Frederici (the stern head nurse). Adolphe Menjou offers fine characterization of an Italian, convincing, right down to his spoken dialect.

A highly popular war drama in its day, which concentrates more on the relationship between a lieutenant and a nurse than soldiers on the battlefield, A FAREWELL TO ARMS earned itself an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture of 1932-33, but none for its acting. Director Borzage brings out the tenderness and simplicity of the young couple in love as he had done many times during his career, especially those starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell over at Fox Studios. In fact, had Hemingway sold his novel to Fox, A FAREWELL TO ARMS would definitely have been awarded to the popular Gaynor and Farrell team under Borzage's direction. Yet similarities between Gaynor and Farrell and Hayes and Cooper go by the way of their sizes. Both Gaynor and Hayes were short in appearance while Cooper and Farrell stood very tall, especially opposite their shorter leading ladies. Because of the sensitivity and care as enacted by the central characters, it goes without saying that Hayes and Cooper appear to be far better suited than Gaynor and Farrell had they been offered this assignment. At first glance, Cooper gives the impression of being an odd choice for playing Fredric Henry, considering solid actors as Fredric March or Clark Gable (on loan from MGM) might have made a go of this. For the finished product, the film conveys Cooper to be properly cast after all, ranking this as one of his most finer performances of his career.

The pace to the story is occasionally slow, with the early portions lacking in underscoring, but does get better during its second half. Other than the character study and battle scenes, the movie offers some fine bonuses in ways of effective camera technique, including the hospital scene where the injured Frederic Henry is being wheeled in the hospital from a platform table where the camera assumes the place of the character, taking focus as to what directly looking down and talking into the camera range as Frederic answers the questions. This is concluded with an extreme close up of Catherine's face with only her right eye in full focus into the camera as she kisses and talks to her wounded soldier. The camera taking the place of the character technique would be used memorably more than a decade later in the "film noir" mysteries, LADY IN THE LAKE (MGM, 1946) and DARK PASSAGE (WB, 1947). While these films have used this method to an extent to most of the story, A FAREWELL TO ARMS presents this technique briefly but effectively.

Remade twice during the 1950s, first as FORCE OF ARMS (Warner Brothers, 1950) starring William Holden and Nancy Olson, and later under its original title in 1957 for 20th Century-Fox starring Jennifer Jones and Rock Hudson, the third, being the better known of the earlier two, might have surpassed the original had it not been so awkward, overlong (two and-a-half hours) and overblown. The original 1932 production, eliminating many key elements from the novel, is better acted and not long enough to cause any viewer lose interest. Because of the remakes in the 1950s, the 1932 original was taken out of circulation, with availability for viewing the original very hard to obtain, and chances of it never to be seen or heard about again. Fortunately, prints did survive, leaving chances of A FAREWELL TO ARMS to surface again. Finally, as early as 1981, the initial version to A FAREWELL TO ARMS made its long awaited rebirth, on public television, initially as part of its weekly SPROCKETS series. Ever since then, television and later public domain video prints presented the original Hemingway drama 10 minutes shorter to its original 90 minutes of screen time, along with occasional poor picture quality, and even worse, the elimination of the original opening and closing credits taken from reissue prints with newer opening title cards and the substitution of the Paramount logo with that of a 1950s Warner Brothers shield, and the elimination of the closing casting credits. When A FAREWELL TO ARMS premiered on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday, February 15, 2004, as part of the cable channel's annual 31 days of Oscar, it became another long-awaited event. Aside from having it shown in its original 90 minute presentation, the Paramount logo that opens and closes the movie has been restored along with the closing cast list, as originally played in theaters back in 1932.

Has A FAREWELL TO ARMS stood the test of time? Chances are with its newly restored and clearer picture quality presentation currently available on TCM, it may stir up much more interest than the latter remakes. It also gives an incite look to the early film career of famous stage actress Helen Hayes (1900-1993) at her peak. As it stands, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, a poignant love story, which may not stir up as many tears and sobs as it once did way back when, it is, however, a worthy novel to screen offering, ranking this the first, and best, of two remakes combined. (****)

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