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She Goes to War (1929)

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.


Henry King


Fred De Gresac (adaptation) (as Mme. Fred De Gresac), Howard Estabrook (scenario) | 3 more credits »


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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)


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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THE COLOSSAL WAR EPIC ENSHRINING WOMANHOOD. (Print ad- Singleton Argus, ((Singleton, NSW)) 6 December 1929)









Release Date:

8 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher na Guerra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inspiration Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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The greatest WWI film? Who knows.
11 July 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The original "She Goes to War" was a late silent-early talking hybrid. Much of the film was silent but sound effects, music and a bit of dialog were added--something not at all unusual for 1929. As far as the plot goes, I am not even 100% what I saw!! This is due to the editing and the choppy nature of the plot and characters.

The film is a rather incomprehensible mess of a film--even though it claims to be the greatest WWI film of all. Perhaps this was just hyperbole--though we'll probably never know. A decade after this film debuted, some idiot cut nearly half the film and re-edited it to make a supposedly improved film. Instead, it's a total mess which makes little sense and which is probably not worth your time. Sadly, it's the only version of this film known today and whether or not it was a worthwhile film or not is uncertain.

If you do want to see it (but why?!), the film is available at archive.org--as it's in the public domain and may be downloaded and watched for free.

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