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The Battle Cry of Peace (1915)




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In a war-torn world, enemies of the United States use pacifists as pawns to insure that the Government doesn't spend too much on defense. This insures that when those enemies, looking a lot like Germans from WW I, finally invade, the US will be unable to defend itself. Sure enough the enemies attack and take over the country. While the story of this silent epic itself is intriguing, the history behind the film is perhaps even more so. It was made before the US got involved in WW I. Upon its release, the film generated a controversy rivaling that of Birth of a Nation because it contained such a strong call to arms. Producer Stuart Blackton believed that the US should join the Allies overseas and that was why he made the film. Former President Theodore Roosevelt agreed and was one of the film's staunchest supporters; using his influence, Roosevelt convinced Gen. Leonard Wood to loan Blackton an entire regiment of marines to use as extras. Uncorroborated legend has it that the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was among the civilian extras; he was billed as Lember Bronstein, of the Bronx. It is most unfortunate that most of the film has disintegrated over the years and only a few out-takes remain. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


L. Rogers Lytton
as Mr. Emanon
Lionel Braham
as The War Monster
Belle Bruce
as Alice Harrison
Harold Huber
as Mr. John Vandergriff
Charles Kent
as The Master
Joseph Kilgour
as George Washington
Mary Maurice
as Mrs. Harrison
James Morrison
as Charley Harrison
Charles Richman
as John Harrison
Paul Scardon
as General Grant
Norma Talmadge
as Virginia Vandergriff
Louise Beaudet
as Mrs. Vandergriff
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Critic Reviews for The Battle Cry of Peace

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

A thrilling and spectacular appeal for American preparedness against war is contained in the stupendous film production, The Battle Cry of Peace.

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[The Battle Cry of Peace,] aside from its spectacular features and its entertainment qualities, is undisguised propaganda for a vastly bigger navy and a greatly augmented mobile army.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The picturing of the bombardment of the city has been worked out in a manner which will win universal admiration, and the fleets and forts in action adds much to the stirring value.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Realistic scenes of huge skyscraper buildings tottering to the ground under bombardment are amongst the thrilling pictures screened.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

There are thrills by the yard, horrors slowly Is drawn out inch by inch and not few feet of good comedy. The achievements of the camera are remarkable.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The Battle Cry of Peace does not make for moderation. It causes the blood to pound through the veins, driven by a heart aroused over the prophetic picture of a vital menace of the future.

September 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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