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All Quiet on the Western Front
Director: Lewis Milestone (Dir)
Release Date:   24 Aug 1930
Duration (in mins):  152
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Cast: Louis Wolheim  (Kat [Katczinsky])
  Lew Ayres  (Paul [Bäumer])
  John Wray  (Himmelstoss)
 

Summary: Paul Bäumer, a young German schoolboy, along with his friends, is inspired by his schoolmaster to "save the Fatherland" and joins the Kaiser's forces. Their illusions are soon dispelled, however, by the cruel realities of battle, relieved only by a brief romantic interlude with some French farm girls and the humorous interjections of Katz and Tjaden. When Paul, the only survivor of the group, returns home, he finds the professor still haranguing his young scholars to join the conflict; and when Paul denounces this attitude, he is proclaimed a coward by the youths. Tiring of the false impression of war at home, he returns to the front to instruct his new comrades in warfare. As the sole survivor of this group also, Paul reaches over the top of a trench to catch a butterfly and is killed by an enemy sniper. ... Quiet reigns on the front lines. 

Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.
Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.
Director: Lewis Milestone (Dir)
  Nate Watt (Asst dir)
  George Cukor (Dial dir)
Producer: Carl Laemmle (Pres)
  Carl Laemmle Jr. (Prod)
Writer: Maxwell Anderson (Adpt and dial)
  George Abbott (Scr)
  Del Andrews (Adpt)
  C. Gardner Sullivan (Supv story chief)

Subject Major: French
  Friendship
  Germans
  Patriotism
  Schoolteachers
  Soldiers
  World War I

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