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A Farewell to Arms [1932]

Director:Frank Borzage
Writer:Benjamin Glazer
Oliver H.P. Garrett
Composer:Herman Hand
Length:79 minutes
(1 hour 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:88%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I.

Reaction: It's very Hemmingway. But if you like Hemmingway, it's a fine interpretation of his work.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Frank Borzage => Director
Benjamin Glazer => Writer
Oliver H.P. Garrett => Writer
Herman Hand => Composer
Ernest Hemingway => Novel
Adolphe Menjou => Maj. Rinaldi
Blanche Friderici => Head Nurse
Gary Cooper => Lt. Frederic Henry
Gilbert Emery => British Major
Helen Hayes => Catherine Barkley
Jack La Rue => Priest
Mary Forbes => Miss Van Campen
Mary Philips => Helen Ferguson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Cinema managers were offered the film with two endings, one happy and one sad. When Ernest Hemingway got wind of this tactic, he was furious so cinemas in the larger cities, where the mainly pro-Hemingway critics were based, were provided only with the downbeat ending, in accordance with the way the novel ended.
  • Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 5, 1937 with Jack La Rue reprising his film role.
  • The Screen Guild Theater broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 10, 1944 with Gary Cooper reprising his film role.
  • Fredric March was originally set to play the lead, but when he discovered that director John Cromwell was being replaced by Frank Borzage, he refused to do the picture. The part was then given to Gary Cooper.
  • Remade with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones (1957) and as a TV miniseries with George Hamilton and Vanessa Redgrave (1966).
  • To the modern discerning eye, the use of miniatures is apparent in some scenes. If one looks very closely at the first scene, ambulance trucks driving up a winding mountain road will be noted to be well crafted miniatures.
  • Though in the novel the character of Catherine Barkley is described as very tall, actress Helen Hayes is a mere five feet tall.
  • [?] Tom Ricketts (as Count Greffi) is supposed to be in this film but was not seen.
  • Censorship problems arose from early versions of the script, which included phases of Catherine's actual childbirth and references to labor pains, gas, her groaning and hemorrhaging. After these were removed, the MPPDA approved the script, and even issued a certificate for re-release in 1938 when the censorship rules were more strictly enforced. Still, the film was rejected in British Columbia and in Australia, where Hemingway's book was also banned.
  • Some references list the play by [?] Laurence Stallings as an uncredited source for the movie. It opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 22 September 1930 and had 24 performances. The opening night cast included Glenn Anders, [?] Joe Downing, Jack La Rue (also in the film) and [?] Elissa Landi.