Volunteer (1918)

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This picture, made in the thick of America's involvement in World War I, is a combination of real life and fiction. Because her father (Victor Kennard) has joined the army, and her mother (Muriel Ostriche) is going to Europe as a Red Cross nurse, little Madge (Madge Evans) can no longer work at the World Film Studio. So she says goodbye to all of her friends and costars at the company's Fort Lee, New Jersey, headquarters (the cameos include Carlyle Blackwell, Evelyn Greeley, Kitty Gordon, Montagu Love, June Elvidge, and even studio head William A. Brady himself). Her new home is with her Quaker grandparents (Jack Drumier and Kate Lester). Their son Jonathan (Henry Hull) wants to enlist, but his father refuses, as it would be against their faith. But Jonathan is determined, and when he comes of age, he joins the army anyway. His father refuses to speak to him until Madge melts through his stern reserve. Finally, the old man accepts his son's decision and is there for him when he leaves for France.