Turner Classic Movies has a full plate of movies this month that uses World War I as a back drop.  November 9th during the day is very good for such films.  As usual, all times given here are Central.

Monday, November 5th:

3:00 AM

October ( 1928)

A filmed re-enactment of events leading up to the 1917 October Revolution in Russia.

DirGrigori Alexandrov CastBoris Livanov , N Popov , Vasily Nikandrov .

BW- 103 mins,


8:30 PM

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang ( 1932)

A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he’s sentenced to hard labor.

DirMervyn Le Roy CastPaul Muni , Glenda Farrell , Helen Vinson .

BW- 93 mins, CC.


Friday, November 9th:

5:00 AM

Shopworn Angel, The ( 1938)

A showgirl gives up life in the fast lane for a young soldier on his way to fight World War I.

DirH. C. Potter CastMargaret Sullavan , James Stewart , Walter Pidgeon .

BW- 85 mins, CC.

6:30 AM

Ace of Aces ( 1933)

After he’s branded a coward, a sculptor travels to France to help fight World War I.

DirJ. Walter Ruben CastRichard Dix , Elizabeth Allen , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 77 mins, CC.

8:00 AM

Waterloo Bridge ( 1940)

A ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War I.

DirMervyn LeRoy CastVivien Leigh , Robert Taylor , Lucile Watson .

BW- 109 mins, CC.

10:00 AM

Army Surgeon ( 1942)

A female surgeon pretends to be a nurse so she can serve on the front line.

DirA. Edward Sutherland CastJames Ellison , Jane Wyatt , Kent Taylor .

BW- 63 mins, CC.

11:15 AM

Spy In Black, The ( 1939)

A German sub tries to sink the British fleet during World War I.

DirMichael Powell CastConrad Veidt , Sebastian Shaw , Valerie Hobson .

BW- 82 mins.

12:45 PM

Hell Below ( 1933)

A submarine captain clashes with one of his crew during World War I.

DirJack Conway CastRobert Montgomery , Walter Huston , Madge Evans .

BW- 101 mins, CC.

2:30 PM

Fighting 69th, The ( 1940)

A braggart soldier learns the true meaning of heroism when he joins World War I’s all-Irish unit.

DirWilliam Keighley CastJames Cagney , Pat O’Brien , George Brent .

BW- 90 mins, CC.

4:30 PM

Sergeant York ( 1941)

True story of the farm boy who made the transition from religious pacifist to World War I hero.

DirHoward Hawks CastGary Cooper , Walter Brennan , Joan Leslie .

BW- 134 mins, CC.


Sunday, November 11th:

10:30 AM

Eagle and the Hawk, The ( 1933)

RAF pilots fight to endure the nerve-wracking ordeal of flying in World War I.

DirStuart Walker CastFredric March , Cary Grant , Jack Oakie .

BW- 73 mins, CC.


Monday, November 19th:

12:45 PM

Central Airport ( 1933)

A World War I flyer can only find work as chauffeur to a lady sky diver.

DirWilliam A. Wellman CastRichard Barthelmess , Sally Eilers , Tom Brown .

BW- 72 mins.


Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.