Not Rated | | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Paramount Pictures initially bought the rights to Humphrey Cobb's novel. Afraid of offending the French government, the studio proposed changing the army to that of Czarist Russia.
Narrator of opening sequence:
War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of ...
After the court martial, as the sergeant is addressing the guards describing the procedure and discipline required of the firing squad, all of the guards in the rank have a "710" regiment number collar pin whereas the sergeant (and those in Col. Dax's regiment) have a "701". Although it might be a simple matter of the costuming department transposing the two numerals, the difference might also be intentional. If a firing squad is going to execute three men in a given regiment, then you'd want to have men from another regiment come in and do it to avoid having men shooting their friends.
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