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One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction -- and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. George Cukor (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:April 21, 1930

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Edeson Best Cinematography 1929 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lewis Milestone Best Director 1929 Winner

Cast

Lew Ayres
as Paul Baumer
Louis Wolheim
as Katczinsky
Raymond Griffith
as Gerard Duval
George "Slim" Summerville
as Tjaden
Russell Gleason
as Muller
William Bakewell
as Albert
Scott Kolk
as Leer
Ben Alexander
as Kemmerick
Richard Alexander
as Westhus
Arnold Lucy
as Professor Kantorek
Edmund Breese
as Herr Mayer
Marion Clayton
as Miss Baumer
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Baumer
Edwin Maxwell
as Mr. Baumer
Yola D'Avril
as Suzanne
Bertha Mann
as Sister Libertine
Joan Marsh
as Poster Girl
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Hammacher
Robert Parrish
Vince Barnett
as Cook
Tom London
as Orderly
ZaSu Pitts
as (silent version)
Fred Zinnemann
as Man
David Tyrell
Vince Barnett
as Cook
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Hammacher
Fred Zinnemann
as Man
ZaSu Pitts
as (silent version)
Tom London
as Orderly

Crew

Lewis Milestone
Director
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Producer
Lewis Milestone
Screenwriter
Maxwell Anderson
Screenwriter
George Abbott
Screenwriter
Del Andrews
Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer
Karl W. Freund
Cinematographer
David Broekman
Composer (Music Score)
Edgar Adams
Editor
Charles Hall
Art Director
Nate Watt
First Assistant Director
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