A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.Written by
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 10, 1944 with Gary Cooper reprising his film role. See more »
To the modern discerning eye, the use of miniatures is apparent in some scenes. If one looks very closely at the first scene, ambulance trucks driving up a winding mountain road will be seen to be well crafted miniatures. See more »
[as the ambulances are departing for Plava]
Ciao, baby... Good luck.
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In the original 1932 credits, the credits are punctuated by aerial bomb blasts, and every time there is a blast, a credit disappears to be replaced by the next one. See more »
The film was re-released by Warner Brothers. For this release, the 1940s Warner Bros. shield logo was added to the film and the Paramount one was completely removed, and the credits were entirely redone in the more modern style of 1940s films. The film as shown on TCM and as released on DVD features the original 1932 credits. See more »
Watch for some James Dean look-alike glances in this black and white movie. It also plays a lot like "The English Patient", but not as boring. The continual bombings and chaos of the fighting was very realistic, but it didn't move the plot along as well as it might have.
Helen Hayes as the love interest does a delightful job, but it's hard not to judge this picture by the technical improvements of today's cinematographers. I too have either outgrown Hemingway, or a lot of his dialogue was cut. I suggest you go back and give the book a read, and decide for yourself. I have promised to return and see the movie again, afterwards. Gary Cooper was a really great-looking, and good acting guy.....and I've never appreciated him before so much. He had a lot of stage business that made him appear quite natural.
Adolph Menjou as the fun-loving captain did an admirable job, as well.
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