After exhibiting their cruelty through a number of incidents, including one in which a German officer kills a lame shoemaker in Zabern, Germany, the German troops invade Belgium. As World War I progresses, the United States ambassador to Germany, James W. Gerard, witnesses many instances of German subterfuge and cruelty, although he successfully defends the Allies' philosophy in arguments with Kaiser Wilhelm II. In the end, the U.S. joins the Allies in their struggle to defend the cause of freedom.
You will become a raving, fighting, want-to-kill-the kaiser American after seeing this picture. SEE WHAT GERARD SAW! KNOW WHY WE ARE AT WAR! (Print Ad- Duluth Herald, ((Duluth, Minn.)) 3 June 1918)
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Made for $50,000, this film grossed an astounding $1.5 million and was the first bona fide hit for Warner Brothers. The success of this film encouraged them to concentrate on film production rather than distribution. See more
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