Journey's End


2h 10m 1930

Brief Synopsis

Colin Clive, Ian Maclaren, David Manners, Billy Bevan, Anthony Bushell. James Whale's powerful anti-war drama is set in the trenches of the Western front during WWI and focuses on a troop commander (Colin Clive) who is forced to follow military orders which will mean certain death for his men. Based on the play by R.C. Sheriff

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Action
War
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 15, 1930
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Apr 1930
Production Company
Tiffany-Gainsborough Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Journey's End by Robert Cedric Sheriff (London, 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
11,455ft (13 reels)

Synopsis

The action unfolds in the confined area of a dugout on the Western Front. Stanhope, a British Army officer, shattered by the strain of 3 years' fighting, turns to liquor to bolster his courage. Osborne, his righthand man and a philosophical schoolmaster, tries to reassure young Raleigh, fresh from school, to the satisfaction of Stanhope, whom the boy optimistically worships as a college hero. Although Stanhope, who loves Raleigh's sister, resents the boy's presence, he is crushed by the boy's spirit and loyalty in battle. He confesses his own fears to Hibbert, a coward who feigns illness to avoid fighting; Osborne and Raleigh are selected to lead a raiding party on the German trenches, and Osborne calms the boy by quoting from Alice in Wonderland and talking of home. Many men, including Osborne, die in the raid, and Stanhope drowns his grief in drink; a rift develops between him and the boy until Raleigh is mortally wounded. Friendless and grief-stricken, he goes to face another furious attack. ...

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Action
War
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 15, 1930
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Apr 1930
Production Company
Tiffany-Gainsborough Productions
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Journey's End by Robert Cedric Sheriff (London, 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
11,455ft (13 reels)

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Trivia

This was the first American-British co-production of the sound era.