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HISTORY

Pre-release showings were given on 1 Jul 1919 in Washington and on 2 Jul 1919 in New York. The film premiered in Hartford on 28 Jul 1919. The film was authorized by the United States Government and included scenes shot by the U. S. Signal Corps. Lt. Augustus Kaiser used his own pictures which he drew of men under fire in drawing the title card decorations. Actual maps documents, and the German note asking for surrender were used in the film. This film was re-released by the Aywon Film Corp. in ... More Less

Pre-release showings were given on 1 Jul 1919 in Washington and on 2 Jul 1919 in New York. The film premiered in Hartford on 28 Jul 1919. The film was authorized by the United States Government and included scenes shot by the U. S. Signal Corps. Lt. Augustus Kaiser used his own pictures which he drew of men under fire in drawing the title card decorations. Actual maps documents, and the German note asking for surrender were used in the film. This film was re-released by the Aywon Film Corp. in 1926 More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Jul 19
p. 571.
MPN
20 Sep 19
p. 2469.
MPW
20 Sep 19
pp. 1867-68.
New York Morning Telegraph
6 Jul 1919.
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New York Times
3 Jul 19
p. 16.
New York Times
8 Sep 19
p. 16.
Wid's
6 Jul 19
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
MacManus Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 September 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14170
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The men in the 308th Regiment's 77th Division, have been drafted from diverse ethnic, economic, and social groups in New York. Two men are fighting Chinatown tongs, one is a burglar, another is a wealthy merchant's son in love with his father's stenographer, who dreams of becoming the greatest movie actress, another is a private in love with the merchant's ward, and finally there is "the Kicker," who finds fault with everything. After training in Yaphank and in France, the 463 men advance under the command of Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey into the "Pocket" of the Argonne Forest, to help break down the supposedly impregnable German defense. Cut off from Allied troops and supplies, and surrounded by the enemy, the Division, nicknamed "The Lost Battalion," withstands six days without food or water. When the German commander asks for their surrender, Whittlesey replies, "Tell them to go to hell!" The Chinese rivals fight bravely side-by-side, while the burglar dies heroically. After their rescue, the survivors are given a parade in New York, and are reunited with their families and ... +


The men in the 308th Regiment's 77th Division, have been drafted from diverse ethnic, economic, and social groups in New York. Two men are fighting Chinatown tongs, one is a burglar, another is a wealthy merchant's son in love with his father's stenographer, who dreams of becoming the greatest movie actress, another is a private in love with the merchant's ward, and finally there is "the Kicker," who finds fault with everything. After training in Yaphank and in France, the 463 men advance under the command of Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey into the "Pocket" of the Argonne Forest, to help break down the supposedly impregnable German defense. Cut off from Allied troops and supplies, and surrounded by the enemy, the Division, nicknamed "The Lost Battalion," withstands six days without food or water. When the German commander asks for their surrender, Whittlesey replies, "Tell them to go to hell!" The Chinese rivals fight bravely side-by-side, while the burglar dies heroically. After their rescue, the survivors are given a parade in New York, and are reunited with their families and sweethearts. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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