G | | Comedy, Musical, War
The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.
The song "The Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin" was part of a campaign against Charles Chaplin in his native Britain, where he was targeted by papers such as The Daily Mail because of his supposed refusal to enlist. (In fact, he had been rejected for the draft for being undersized and underweight.)
Sir Edward Grey:
The lamps are going out all over Europe, we will not see them lit again in our lifetime.
Sir Edward Grey (Ralph Richardson) is shown early in the film being accompanied by his wife, described in the credits as Lady Pamela Grey. In fact, Grey did not marry Pamela (nee Wyndham, and the widow of Lord Glenconer) until 1922.
Opening credits prologue: The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War
English, French, German
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