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All Quiet on the Western Front

Rated NR 132 minutes 1930

Lewis Milestone's powerful 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel, starring Lew Ayres and Louis Wolheim, deserves its reputation as a classic. The sound version originally ran 140 minutes, though ultimately (and unfortunately) the studio eliminated about 35 of them. Most of the missing footage was subsequently restored in a combined effort by various archives, and the film can now be seen for the remarkable work that it is. Milestone's other 30s work (e.g., Hallelujah, I'm a Bum) is sorely in need of reappraisal.

Film Credits

Director: Lewis Milestone

Writer: Erich Maria Remarque and Lewis Milestone

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.

Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Raymond Griffith, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, William Bakewell, Scott Kolk, Walter Rogers, Ben Alexander, Owen Davis Jr., Harold Goodwin, Pat Collins, Richard Alexander, Arnold Lucy, Heinie Conklin, Edmund Breese, Bodil Rosing, Bill Irving, Beryl Mercer, Edwin Maxwell, Yola d'Avril, Renée Damonde, Poupée Andriot, Bertha Mann and Joan Marsh

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