Journey's End (1930)

130 mins | Drama | 15 April 1930

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HISTORY

Var reviewed the film twice, first on 16 Apr 1930 when the film opened in New York, and again on 30 Apr 1930, when the film was previewed in London. The New York review listed a running time of 130 min, which approximately corresponds to the footage listed in contemporary sources. The London review listed a running time of 110 min. It has not been determined if that was an error or if the film was cut for its British release.
       The first New York production of the play opened on Broadway on 22 Mar 1929. Like the London production and the film, the Broadway version was directed by James Whale. Actor Colin Clive (1900--1937) made his motion picture debut in Journey's End . He also starred in the play when it opened in London's West End. ... More Less

Var reviewed the film twice, first on 16 Apr 1930 when the film opened in New York, and again on 30 Apr 1930, when the film was previewed in London. The New York review listed a running time of 130 min, which approximately corresponds to the footage listed in contemporary sources. The London review listed a running time of 110 min. It has not been determined if that was an error or if the film was cut for its British release.
       The first New York production of the play opened on Broadway on 22 Mar 1929. Like the London production and the film, the Broadway version was directed by James Whale. Actor Colin Clive (1900--1937) made his motion picture debut in Journey's End . He also starred in the play when it opened in London's West End. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Apr 1930.
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New York Times
9 Apr 1930
p. 25.
Variety
16 Apr 1930
p. 21.
Variety
30 Apr 1930
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 April 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Tiffany & Gainsborough Pictures 1928, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
12 April 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1231
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
130
Length(in feet):
11,455
Length(in reels):
13
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The action unfolds in the confined area of a dugout on the Western Front. Stanhope, a British Army officer, shattered by the strain of 3 years' fighting, turns to liquor to bolster his courage. Osborne, his righthand man and a philosophical schoolmaster, tries to reassure young Raleigh, fresh from school, to the satisfaction of Stanhope, whom the boy optimistically worships as a college hero. Although Stanhope, who loves Raleigh's sister, resents the boy's presence, he is crushed by the boy's spirit and loyalty in battle. He confesses his own fears to Hibbert, a coward who feigns illness to avoid fighting; Osborne and Raleigh are selected to lead a raiding party on the German trenches, and Osborne calms the boy by quoting from Alice in Wonderland and talking of home. Many men, including Osborne, die in the raid, and Stanhope drowns his grief in drink; a rift develops between him and the boy until Raleigh is mortally wounded. Friendless and grief-stricken, he goes to face another furious ... +


The action unfolds in the confined area of a dugout on the Western Front. Stanhope, a British Army officer, shattered by the strain of 3 years' fighting, turns to liquor to bolster his courage. Osborne, his righthand man and a philosophical schoolmaster, tries to reassure young Raleigh, fresh from school, to the satisfaction of Stanhope, whom the boy optimistically worships as a college hero. Although Stanhope, who loves Raleigh's sister, resents the boy's presence, he is crushed by the boy's spirit and loyalty in battle. He confesses his own fears to Hibbert, a coward who feigns illness to avoid fighting; Osborne and Raleigh are selected to lead a raiding party on the German trenches, and Osborne calms the boy by quoting from Alice in Wonderland and talking of home. Many men, including Osborne, die in the raid, and Stanhope drowns his grief in drink; a rift develops between him and the boy until Raleigh is mortally wounded. Friendless and grief-stricken, he goes to face another furious attack. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
World War I


Subject

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

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