For the Freedom of the World (1917) - Rotten Tomatoes

For the Freedom of the World (1917)




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In this tale of World War I, Gordon Harvey (E.K. Lincoln) is a U.S. citizen living in Canada. He enlists in the American segment of the Canadian army. He also saves a young woman, Dollie Milburn (Barbara Castleton), from a drunken attacker. The drunk, Ralph Perry (Romaine Fielding, who also directed), is convicted and given the choice of either serving jail time or army time. So Perry enlists and becomes a hero when he takes responsibility for a courageous act that he did not do. Harvey, meanwhile, has married Dollie and gone off to fight in France. Unbeknownst to her husband, Dollie joins up with the Red Cross and goes overseas to be near him. Perry, who wants revenge, sees her and reunites her with her husband in the officers' quarters where they are sure to be caught. The penalty for a married couple meeting on the fighting front is death, so Harvey, in desperation, shoots Dollie and asks to be sent on a mission that will surely kill him. He falls on the battlefield, but is saved by Perry. While he is recovering, Harvey receives a pardon and is reunited with Dollie, who was only wounded by his gunshot. This film's production company spent many weeks shooting at an actual Canadian training camp.


Critic Reviews for For the Freedom of the World

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

There are times when the action goes at triphammer pace and knocks out some home-run thrills, then again there are stretches of celluloid waste.

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Top Critic

[For the Freedom of the World is] a worthy and patriotic recruiting vehicle. It is a thoroughly ambitious and powerful theme, broadly handled.

May 12, 2021 | Full Review…

One of the features of the picture is the night photography... The battle scenes photographed in the darkness, with only the light from bursting shells by which to distinguish objects moving on the horizon, are very effective.

March 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Many of the scenes were taken in Canadian training camps and shows the vigorous methods of training the men undergo before they are pronounced fit for active service. The film not only serves as a medium for pleasure but is instructive all through.

March 12, 2021 | Full Review…

[Director Romaine Fielding's] battle stuff, done at night with an army of lights and star shells, much smoke and only an handful c:f men is effective in its own way -- a great deal more effective than the usual picture warfare.

March 12, 2021 | Full Review…

This picture is a stirring drama of the battlefields of France, and one of the most fascinating war stones yet written for the screen.

March 12, 2021 | Full Review…

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