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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front(1930)

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Trivia

  • Contrary to long-standing rumor, Zasu Pitts was never in the silent version.
  • In the closing scene, director Lewis Milestone's hand is used for that of Ayres, when he reaches for a butterfly.
  • During the film's German release, the Nazis (not yet in power) interrupted screenings by shouting martial slogans and releasing rats into the theaters.
  • To ensure authenticity, director Lewis Milestone instructed the studio to try to find out if there were any German Army veterans living in the Los Angeles area, so he could have them authenticate German uniforms, equipment, etc. So many of them were found that Milestone cast a lot of them as German officers in the film, and had them drill the extras playing German troops. (The scene where they are laying communication wire in the forward trenches was led by a former German soldier whose job during the war was to do exactly that.)
  • The Greek writing on the blackboard in the schoolroom is the beginning of Homer's Odyssey "Tell me Oh Muse of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide"

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