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The eleventh month, the eleventh day, the eleventh hour, today is the 100th year Anniversary when Armistice was declared for the ending of WW I. In the U.S. it is called Veterans Day where we honor all soldiers that have served time in the military. TCM will be featuring WWII movies throughout the day on their channel but since the 100th Anniversary only comes around once I would hope classic fans would take some time and watch a classic movie made by official veterans after they survived and returned from their experiences during WW I.

The Big Parade (1925) MGM-(Silent Film) – Laurence Stallings (Writer) Marine Captain lost a leg in WW I and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Laurence also wrote the WW I play What Price Glory (1926)
Wings (1927) Paramount (Silent Film) – William A. Wellman (Director) an aviator during WW I flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, was shot down and injured by anti-aircraft fire. Wings had the distinction of being the first recipient of the Best Picture Oscar. Other Wellman directed WWI movies: The Legion of the Condemned (1928) Young Eagles (1930) Lafayette Escadrille(1958).
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Universal Studios – Erich Maria Remarque (German) was the novelist that wrote the book that this movie was based on. The book is based on Erich’s experiences during WW I as a German Soldier in the trenches, the movie received the Oscar for: Best Picture, Best Director and was nominated for: Best Writing, and Best Cinematography. The movie was banned in Nazi Germany, the book was one of the first books banned and publicly burned in 1933. During the making of this movie Extra’s used were former German soldiers that had emigrated to California after the war.
Erich also wrote the novels: The Road Back released as a film in 1937; Three Comrades released as a film in 1938.

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