Eleanor Boardman stars as a socialite who volunteers as a nurse during WWI but ends up fighting in the trenches when her no-good fiance gets drunk on the eve of battle.
An interesting concept is spoiled by wartime cliches and the bizarre decision to use Al St. John as both comedy relief (good) and as a threatening would-be sex criminal (wut?!?!?). Director Henry King makes the most of the action scenes but what comes in between is rather maudlin.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
All gender tropes are used as the boys die to save Eleanor and she ends up upgrading to a better boyfriend.
If it were a dessert it would be: That time when you thought you were dipping a strawberry into a chocolate fondue but it turned out to be beef gravy. Because, ew!
Read my full-length review here and learn the story of how the film was converted to “sound” a decade after its release.
Availability: Released on DVD.
I still cannot believe the whole Al St. John as comic rapist thing is actually, well, A THING. That should never ever exist in any version of reality or any alternate timeline. Just ew. I guess Eleanor Boardman needs a crucifix-wielding maid too…
Yes, this was really one of the most bizarre casting decisions of the silent era.
Nothing says comical than rapist…ahhhh the good days.
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