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Men Must Fight (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Sci-Fi, War | 17 February 1933 (USA)
Laura is a nurse at the Front in World War I. She meets and falls for a young flyer named Geoffrey. On his first mission, Geoffrey is shot down and taken to the hospital where Laura works. ... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar Selwyn

Writers:

C. Gardner Sullivan (screen play), S.K. Lauren (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Diana Wynyard ... Laura Seward
Lewis Stone ... Edward Seward
Phillips Holmes ... Bob Seward
May Robson ... Maman Seward
Ruth Selwyn ... Peggy Chase
Robert Young ... Geoffrey Aiken
Robert Greig ... Albert
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Chase
Don Dillaway ... Steve Chase (as Donald Dilloway)
Mary Carlisle ... Evelyn
Luis Alberni ... Soto
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Laura is a nurse at the Front in World War I. She meets and falls for a young flyer named Geoffrey. On his first mission, Geoffrey is shot down and taken to the hospital where Laura works. Within days he succumbes to his injuries. Faced with the fact that she is with Geoffrey's child, she accepts the proposal of Ed Seward who still wants to marry her. Laura vowes that her new son will never fight in a war again. Jumping ahead it is 1940 and Robert, who is Geoffrey's son, meets Peggy Chase on a Ship steaming across the Atlantic. Ed Seward, who is now the Secretary of State, has adverted War by drafting a peace treaty with a belligerent country called Eurasia. However, before the treaty can be signed, Eurasia has the envoy assassinated and both sides escalate. At home, Laura campaigns for Peace, Ed stands with the country and will fight and Robert declares that he will not fight. In doing so, Robert loses Peggy and sees his family break apart. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The picture of 1940! Women who forget love to end war... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Woman Give See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was a very modest success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $25,000 ($475,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Edward Seward: Hello son.
Bob Seward: Dad!
Edward Seward: Well, remember me?
Bob Seward: [Bob hugs Edward, his father. Then, steps back] Well, they'll think we are a couple of Frenchmen.
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Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman, Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played during the naval scenes
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On target! Ahead of its time.
25 May 2013 | by media-695-249291See all my reviews

This movie made in 1933 predicts World War II, and the 9/11 attacks but except in 1940.

This deals with same social issues we have dealt with from the Vietnam War to the Gulf War, to now.

The movie also shows the "future" American watching Television, even though Television doesn't take off until 10 yrs after 1940. It also tried to depict future fashions and people using "video phones."

The eerie part is when a airplane with a bomb on board smashes in to the Empire State building on a attack on New York City.

This movie was way ahead of its time for 1933!


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