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HISTORY

The picture was produced with the co-operation of the United States Marine Corp. Battle scenes were filmed at the U.S. M.C. Cantonment at Quantico, VA. Modern sources include Lew Hart and Moss Gill in the cast. Erich von Stroheim was called Karl von Stroheim in most reviews and publicity. The men of the third Battalion, Sixth Regiment, United States Marine Corps also appeared in the ... More Less

The picture was produced with the co-operation of the United States Marine Corp. Battle scenes were filmed at the U.S. M.C. Cantonment at Quantico, VA. Modern sources include Lew Hart and Moss Gill in the cast. Erich von Stroheim was called Karl von Stroheim in most reviews and publicity. The men of the third Battalion, Sixth Regiment, United States Marine Corps also appeared in the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
26 Jan 18
p. 696.
ETR
23 Feb 18
p. 992.
MPN
2 Feb 18
p. 710.
MPN
2 Mar 18
p. 1320.
MPW
9 Feb 18
p. 875.
MPW
2 Mar 18
pp. 1267-68.
New York Times
12 Feb 18
p. 9.
NYDM
16 Feb 18
p. 20.
NYDM
23 Feb 18
p. 18.
Variety
15 Feb 18
p. 52.
Variety
3 May 18
p. 40.
Wid's
28 Feb 18
p. 967.
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12062
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,468
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Distressed by her son Philip's class and racial prejudice, as well as his disbelief in God, wealthy New Yorker Margaret Landicutt encourages him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps during World War I. In the trenches, Philip witnesses such heroism and suffering that his viewpoint begins to change. Across the lines in Belgium, the German forces, led by the brutal Lieut. Kurt von Schnieditz, execute Madam Harbrok and her little son, believing them guilty of aiding the enemy, but because of Virginie Harbrok's beauty, the lieutenant spares the young woman. Philip rescues Virginie and, learning that she has lost her family, sends her to live with his mother in America. Shortly afterwards, "Lefty," Philip's old chauffeur and close friend on the battlefield, sacrifices his life for Philip, whereupon the young man's notions of class and racial distinctions are forever dismissed. Philip is seriously injured in the battle, and as he lies on the field, he sees Jesus walking among the wounded and abandons atheism. Upon his return home, Philip, a new man, is united with ... +


Distressed by her son Philip's class and racial prejudice, as well as his disbelief in God, wealthy New Yorker Margaret Landicutt encourages him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps during World War I. In the trenches, Philip witnesses such heroism and suffering that his viewpoint begins to change. Across the lines in Belgium, the German forces, led by the brutal Lieut. Kurt von Schnieditz, execute Madam Harbrok and her little son, believing them guilty of aiding the enemy, but because of Virginie Harbrok's beauty, the lieutenant spares the young woman. Philip rescues Virginie and, learning that she has lost her family, sends her to live with his mother in America. Shortly afterwards, "Lefty," Philip's old chauffeur and close friend on the battlefield, sacrifices his life for Philip, whereupon the young man's notions of class and racial distinctions are forever dismissed. Philip is seriously injured in the battle, and as he lies on the field, he sees Jesus walking among the wounded and abandons atheism. Upon his return home, Philip, a new man, is united with Virginie. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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