Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I thought this was a good day to write about Universal's 1930 film All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel by German veteran Erich Maria Remarque. Director Lewis Milestone made it into one of the great early talkies. It follows a group of boys who listen to a teacher's speech about the importance of going to war. They volunteer and go through training with a tough sergeant. Then they get sent to the front and learn what war is like. Paul, the main character, played by Lew Ayres, gets a furlough to go home and finds that people there do not know what war is like. The ending is tragic, but I won't spoil it.
The ad is from the 09-November-1929 Universal Weekly.