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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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Men Must FIGHT for women! 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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Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the naval montage, the aircraft shown taking off from the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3) are Boeing F3B's of Fighter Squadron VF-6B, the "Fighting Chiefs". See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Chase: I do think Peggy should have been chaperoned with young Mr. Seward on the same boat.
Peggy: Mother, this is 1940!
Maman Seward: Oh, did you and Bob have the same State Room?
Peggy: No, Mrs. Seward. Bob objected.
Mrs. Chase: Peggy!
Maman Seward: Whatever made the boy so prudish?
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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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Strong performances and eerily good predictions highlight a muddled point of view.
4 June 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

I enjoyed some of the anti-war sentiment in this film, despite a muddled point of view that also included strong hawkish sentiments. The bombing of New York in 1940, with special effects showing the collapse of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building, was interesting but clearly done with miniatures. Considering this was a 1933 film, it came pretty close to predicting the actual start of WWII. And it must have been fun for 1933 audiences to see a television set and video telephones on screen. Performances were excellent, with Lewis Stone a standout as Secretary of State, Diana Wynyard as his dovish wife who lost her lover (Robert Young) in WWI, and Phillips Holmes as their son, caught in the middle of his parents' beliefs. Ironically, Holmes was actually killed in WWII from a mid-air collision.


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