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 "Christmas Day Truce" scenes, which involved creating a freezing snowy landscape, was shot during midsummer. The actors had to endure some of the hottest days of the year with the temperature in the 90's., in full heavy Winter's costume. See more
The bayonets of the Band of the Irish Guards as they parade down the Brighton promenade appear to be for the L1A1 self loading rifle, first issued 1957 and still issued as standard by the time of the film, rather than the correct 1907 pattern bayonet for the Lee-Enfield No1 mkIII rifle (characterised by its longer blade length of 17" as opposed to the 8" of the L1A1's bayonet). See more
Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
Grant us victory, O Lord, before the Americans get here.
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
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Arranged by Alfred Ralston See more