All Quiet on the Western Front | Chicago Reader

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone's powerful 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel, starring Lew Ayres and Louis Wolheim, deserves its reputation as a classic. The sound version originally ran 140 minutes, though ultimately (and unfortunately) the studio eliminated about 35 of them. Most of the missing footage was subsequently restored in a combined effort by various archives, and the film can now be seen for the remarkable work that it is. Milestone's other 30s work (e.g., Hallelujah, I'm a Bum) is sorely in need of reappraisal.



  • Lewis Milestone


  • Lew Ayres
  • Louis Wolheim
  • John Wray
  • Raymond Griffith
  • Slim Summerville
  • Russell Gleason
  • William Bakewell
  • Scott Kolk
  • Walter Rogers
  • Ben Alexander
  • Owen Davis Jr.
  • Harold Goodwin
  • Pat Collins
  • Richard Alexander
  • Arnold Lucy
  • Heinie Conklin
  • Edmund Breese
  • Bodil Rosing
  • Bill Irving
  • Beryl Mercer
  • Edwin Maxwell
  • Yola d'Avril
  • Renée Damonde
  • Poupée Andriot
  • Bertha Mann
  • Joan Marsh


  • Erich Maria Remarque
  • Lewis Milestone


  • Carl Laemmle Jr.

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