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The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline. Written by
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The unit portrayed is the 42d Infantry Division (Rainbow Division) as determined by the three color (red-yellow-blue) rainbow patch (long version) worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniform. Casualties were so high that post-war the patch was cut in half and worn on the forward half of the sleeve instead of centered because "we left half our rainbow in France." During the transport scene the tailgates of the trucks are all painted with "42" and then the truck number. The credits thank the 2d Division (Indianhead) so painting the "4" prior to the pre-existing "2" may have facilitated that. The 42d Division was later a New York Army National Guard unit and you could find units in Syracuse, Geneva, etc. See more »
Early in the movie, we see James Apperson announce that he has enlisted. His father, who had been sternly lecturing him moments before, comes up and congratulates him. Suddenly, the father now has a lit cigar in his mouth, with a long ash, indicating he's been smoking it for at least a while. But all the time prior, we saw no sign that the father had a lit cigar anywhere on him or near him. See more »
[Melisande has just said something to him in French]
I don't understand a word you say... but I know what you mean!
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gratefully acknowledges the splendid co-operation of the Second Division, United States Army and Air Service Units, Kelly Field. See more »
Not only are the battle scenes exciting and dramatic, maybe even harrowing, but the scenes back home are just as memorable. John Gilbert and Renee Adoree make a wonderful couple. There's a lengthy scene where they are flirting and getting to know each other and two romantic leads never radiated more charm than these two. When Gilbert is sent off to war I was sorry to see the two split apart. Those early scenes give everything else in the movie a special meaning and it's a rare movie where I genuinely cared about the characters as if they were real people! **** out of ****
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