Private Peat (1918)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |  
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This propaganda picture was based on a book of the same name by Harold R. Peat, and put together inexpensively by Artcraft/Paramount with the help of newsreel footage. Peat, one of the first North Americans to enlist in World War I, was actually a Canadian, but here they make him a red-blooded American. He is alone in the world, except for his girlfriend Mary (Miriam Fouche), and he is anxious to join up when war breaks out. But the army rejects him because of his small chest. Undaunted, he returns and makes up a story about two brothers killed in France and a mother and sister left homeless by the Germans. His story is believed and he is sent to the Front. He is wounded on his way to get more ammunition and the dressing station where he is sent is bombed by the Huns. But he arrives at the hospital with no further injuries and receives an honorable discharge. Mary is in Europe to welcome him and he marries her before they begin their voyage back to the U.S.

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war, army, battle [war], battlefield, death, encouragement, military, newsreels, President, propaganda, speech, volunteer, wound [injury]