A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of the Smith family who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-man's-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time. Written by
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The Musical Shot In The Arm !
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Did You Know?
The song "La Chanson de Craonne" ("Adieu la Vie"), sung by Pia Sablon in the film, commemorates a mutiny in 1917 by French troops. Merely singing it was considered an act of mutiny, and it was banned in France until 1974. During the war, a reward of one million francs and immediate honourable release from the Army was offered for the identity of the author, but never claimed. See more
When Sir John's car drives off after his conversation with Harry, a modern car can be seen reflected in the window. See more
Sir Edward Grey
[as war breaks out
The lamps are going out all over Europe, we will not see them lit again in our lifetime.
The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War See more
Written by Felix McGlennon
Performed by Joe Melia See more