Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Comrades gets under way at a military academy, where cadets Gareth Hughes and Donald Keith greet the news of WWI in radically different ways. A craven coward, Hughes tries to duck military service on the battlefields of France, whereupon Keith selflessly offers to serve in Hughes' place. When Hughes' fiancee Helene Costello hears about this, she angrily breaks off their engagement. Throughout the entire war, the courageous deeds performed by Keith are incorrectly attributed to Hughes. Unable to go on living a lie, Hughes embarks on a suicide mission in No Man's Land, during which he is felled by an enemy bullet. A deathbed confession sets the record straight, Keith is finally recognized as a hero, and Costello shows up in the final reel to marry the surviving "comrade."
cadet, confession [criminal], courage, coward, engagement, fiancee, hero, impersonation, military, self-sacrifice, suicide-mission, war