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|Lew Ayres||Lewis Ayres|
|Arnold Lucy||Professor Kantorek|
|Louis Wolheim||Stanislas Katczinsky|
|Ben Alexander||Franz Kemmerich|
|Owen Davis Jr.||Peter|
|Walter Rogers||Walter Browne Rogers|
|William Bakewell||Albert Kropp|
|Slim Summerville||'Slim' Summerville|
|Zasu Pitts||Mrs. Bäumer (1st version)|
|Beryl Mercer||Mrs. Bäumer (final version)|
|G. Pat Collins||Lieutenant Bertinck|
|Lew Ayres||Paul Bäumer|
|Carl Laemmle Jr.||Producer|
|Erich Maria Remarque||Novel|
|Arthur Edeson||Director of Photography|
|David Broekman||Original Music Composer|
|Erich Maria Remarque||Story Contributor|
|Del Andrews||Story Contributor|
|Maxwell Anderson||Story Contributor|
"At last....the motion picture!"
The film opens in a boys' high school in Germany at the beginning of World War I. The instructor, Kantorek, gives an impassioned speech about the glory of serving in the Army and "saving the Fatherland". Almost to a man, the young men are moved to join the army. The young enlistees are shown in basic training, aching for "action" fighting in the war. Their training officer (Himmelstoss, a strict disciplinarian who is hated by all the recruits) tells them to forget everything they know; they are going to become soldiers. Rigorous training diminishes the recruits' enthusiasm some, but after little more than marching drills, suddenly the boys' are told they are "going up front".The new soldiers arrive by train at the combat zone, which is mayhem, with soldiers everywhere, incoming shells, horse-drawn wagons racing about, and prolonged rain. One in the group is killed before the new recruits can reach their post, to the alarm of one of the new soldiers (Behm). The new soldiers are assigned to a unit composed of older soldiers, who are not exactly accommodating. The young soldiers find that there is no food available at the moment. They have not eaten since breakfast – but the men they have joined have not had food for two days. One of them (Katczinsky) had gone to locate something to eat and he returns with a slaughtered hog. The young soldiers "pay" for their dinner with cigarettes."For the Fatherland" the young soldiers' unit is sent out on night duty and they move into position packed into a flat cargo truck. As the driver drops them off at their destination, he tells them, "If there's any of you left, there will be someone here to pick you up in the morning." The young recruits watch the truck intensely as it leaves. Katczinsky gives the "schoolboys" some real world instructions, telling them how to deal with incoming shells, "When you see me flop, you flop. Only try to beat me to it." The unit strings up barbed-wire and tries to avoid shells. Flares light up the night sky as the enemy tries to spot them, machine guns hammer and a bombardment begins. Behm is killed by machine gun fire; most of the soldiers keep low in the trenches. Franz Kemmerich runs out to retrieve Behm, but, upon returning to the trench, realizes that he's carrying a corpse. He is scolded by Katczinsky for risking his life. When the truck arrives in the morning most of the unit has survived.
Theatrical : 1930-08-24 : United States of America
1930-04-21 : United States of America