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Long though lost, reemerged in the 1960s, proving anew that the silent films of director John Ford were every bit as accomplished as his talkies. More "Germanic" in tone and texture than later Ford films, is the story of the Bernle family of Bavaria. Mother Bernle (Margaret Mann) dotes upon her four sons Joseph (James Hall), Johann (Charles Morton), Franz (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) and Andres (George Meeker), but is powerless in guiding their destinies. When WW I breaks out, her sons march off to the front: one of the boys fights for the AEF, the others for the Kaiser. The film's most poignant sequence takes place on the battlefield, when one of the sons stumbles upon his mortally wounded brother. Though the dying man's plaintive cries are heard on the Fox Movietone soundtrack, the scene itself is effectively played in pantomime. An updated version of , wherein the locale was switched from Bavaria to Czechoslovakia, was filmed in 1940, starring Don Ameche, Alan Curtis, Robert Lowery and George Ernest. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Margaret Mann
as Mother Bernle
James Hall
as Joseph Bernle
Earl Foxe
as Major Von Stomm
June Collyer
as Annabelle Bernle
George Meeker
as Andres Bernle
Albert Gran
as Postman
Frank Reicher
as Schoolmaster
Jack Pennick
as Joseph's American Friend
Hughie Mack
as Innkeeper
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink
as Staff Surgeon
Stanley Blystone
Robert Parrish
as Joseph's son
Michael Mark
as Von Stomm's Orderly
John Wayne
as Extra
Robert Parrish
as Joseph's son
Michael Mark
as Von Stomm's Orderly


John Ford
Charles G. Clarke
George Schneiderman
Lew Pollack
Lew Pollack
Composer (Music Score)
Erno Rapee
Composer (Music Score)
Katherine Hilliker
Intertitle Writer