"No Greater Glory" is ample demonstration that director Frank Borzage’s 1930s social commentary was not limited to his romance films. Based on Ferenc Molnár’s 1907 novel The Paul Street Boys about two rival gangs of boys battling over control of a playground, No Greater Glory is a powerful allegory about the senselessness of war. A box-office failure at the time, the film has gained in reputation over the years and is one of a handful of 1930s films that uses youth to explore grown-up issues facing Depression-era America.
(Frank Borzage, 1934, US, 35mm, 74 min.)
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