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No Greater Glory (1934)

Adapted from The Paul Street Boys, an autobiographical novel by Ferenc Molnar, GLORY is an unusually sensitive evocation of the pain of youth and the senselessness of war. Frail Nemecsek, a... See full summary »

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Frank Borzage

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay and adaptation), Ferenc Molnár (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Darro ... Feri Ats
George P. Breakston ... Nemeecsek
Jimmy Butler ... Boka
Jackie Searl ... Gareb
Donald Haines ... Csonakos
Rolf Ernest Rolf Ernest ... Ferdie Pasztor
Julius Molnar Julius Molnar ... Henry Pasztor
Wesley Giraud Wesley Giraud ... Kolnay
Beaudine Anderson Beaudine Anderson ... Csele
Bruce Line Bruce Line ... Richter
Samuel S. Hinds ... Gareb's Grandfather
Christian Rub ... Watchman
John Qualen ... Nemecsek's Father
Lois Wilson ... Nemeecsek's Mother
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Professor Racz
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Adapted from The Paul Street Boys, an autobiographical novel by Ferenc Molnar, GLORY is an unusually sensitive evocation of the pain of youth and the senselessness of war. Frail Nemecsek, a lonely boy who yearns to belong, worships Boka, the self-sufficent, charismatic leader of a well-organized gang, decked out in uniforms and sporting their own flag. The perennial outsider sees his chance to win a respected place in Butler's army when their flag is stolen and war breaks out with another gang. Written by Leonel urbina

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The screen's mightiest soul-stirring triumph!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1934 (USA) See more »

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Men of Tommorow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In his oral history interview for The American Film Institute (reprinted in the book 'Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life', Scarecrow Press, 2002) Hugo Friedhofer described the music by R.H. Bassett composed for this film as "beautiful, outstanding... a truly magnificent score." See more »

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Strange Anti-War
13 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

No Greater Glory (1934)

*** (out of 4)

A rather strange anti-war film that tells the story of two rival kid gangs who are planning to go to war in order to fight over a vacant playground that both sides want. Jimmy Butler plays Boka, a small child who is the only Private in his gang, because he's so small, yet he's the only one will to risk his neck for the greater good of the gang. I've heard people call this a Our Gang Goes to War film and perhaps that isn't too far off base but in the end this is a film I respected a lot more than enjoyed. I'm sure many, many people are going to watch this film and love it but I wouldn't go that far. I think the message is loud and clear but to me it's way too loud and clear. This is the second film I've seen from Borzage's career during this period, the other being Young America, and there's no doubt he wants to get his views across but I think in both films he goes a little overboard. The most impressive thing about this film are the child performances, which range from very good to downright excellent. I was very impressed with the young Butler not only because of his acting but because of his small structure and his ability to rise up and battle. It was a little sad and ironic when I read that he would die in WW2 fighting for his country. George P. Breakston, Jackie Searl and Frankie Darro also add nice work with future Dick Tracy Ralph Morgan having a small role. Another major plus was the cinematography, which looked extremely well and so focused that you couldn't help but feel as if you were there during all the action. The ending, which goes for emotions, certainly gets them and remains one of the most powerful scenes from this era.


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