Over There (1917)

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"Inspired" by the patriotic George M. Cohan tune of the same name, Over There begins as the healthy young hero refuses to enlist upon the outbreak of WWI. Ostracized by his fiancee -- and everyone else, for that matter -- the young "slacker" eventually works up the courage to don a uniform and heads for the battlefields of France. The rest of the film is a blatant copy of the old A.E.W. Mason adventure novel The Four Feathers, blood-stained white feathers and all. This wholesale literary "borrowing" was all the more audacious in that neither the source novel nor its author was listed in the film's credits.