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She Goes to War (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 8 June 1929 (USA)
A young woman disguises herself as a man and follows her fiancéé into the trenches during World War I to find out what war is really like.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Rupert Hughes (story), Fred De Gresac (adaptation) (as Mme. Fred De Gresac) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Boardman ... Joan Morant
John Holland ... Tom Pike
Edmund Burns ... Reggie
Alma Rubens ... Rosie
Al St. John ... Bill
Glen Walters Glen Walters ... Katie
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Tom's Mother
Yola d'Avril ... Yvette
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Joan's Aunt
Agostino Borgato Agostino Borgato ... Major
Dina Smirnova Dina Smirnova ... Joan's Maid
Yvonne Starke Yvonne Starke ... Major's Wife
Eulalie Jensen ... Matron of Canteen
H.M. Zier H.M. Zier ... Major (as Captain H.M. Zier)
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Top Sergeant (as Edward Chandler)
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Storyline

A young woman disguises herself as a man and follows her fiancéé into the trenches during World War I to find out what war is really like.

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Taglines:

The MOST TENDER WAR ROMANCE EVER SCREENED (Print ad- Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna)) 11 August 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher na Guerra See more »

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Production Co:

Inspiration Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD) | (re-release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was re-released in 1939 with a new introduction by Mitchell Leichter commenting upon America's involvement in the then imminent forthcoming World War; it was edited down to just a little more than half of its original length, eliminating most of the silent sequences that involved dialogue, and thereby the need for inter-titles, but also most of the original story structure, so that what's left is more or less incomprehensible. The only real dialogue that's heard is in and around a couple songs by Alma Rubens. Sadly, this is the only version that seems to have survived today, at least within the reaches of public availability. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: Hollywood Goes to War (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait For Me
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
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Chopped-up print still has great scenes
27 January 2019 | by rs114-1See all my reviews

Others have talked about the chopped-up, difficult-to-follow nature of this film. Knowing all that, it's still worth seeing for:

  • Alma Rubens' two poignant performances of There is a Happy Land. Eleanor Boardman's facial reaction to the second performance helped make that a powerful scene.
  • The battlefield scenes, which are as harrowing as anything in Big Parade, All Quiet on the Western Front, Wings, and other WW I movies of that era. A June 8, 1929 review of the original print of the movie in the Detroit Free Press focused on these war scenes, so it seems like one of the best parts of the movie survived.
  • Eleanor Boardman's beauty and acting.
It's a strange mixture of late silent and early sound filmmaking, but if you watch the movie with the background knowledge of these reviews, you'll be rewarded.


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