Film, Video The lost battalion

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Title
The lost battalion
Summary
Based on the experiences of soldiers in the American 77th Infantry Division, about 550 of whom were isolated and surrounded by the Germans during the Battle of the Argonne in World War I. The men suffered from thirst, hunger, and heavy losses, but refused to surrender. As more men were killed and captured, carrier pigeons became the only method of communicating with headquarters. Coming under friendly fire, the men were saved by a pigeon named Cher Ami, who was able to deliver a message to stop the barrage. After five days, and several unsuccessful rescue attempts, the remaining men were finally rescued. Five participants received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and others received the Distinguished Service Cross. The fictional part of the story precedes and follows the battle scenes, showing the men in civilian life and in training, and the survivors coming home to their loved ones. The fictional characters also appear in the battle scenes along with some of the actual participants.
Contributor Names
MacManus, Edward A., 1882-1958, production.
King, Burton, 1877-1944, direction.
Logue, Charles A., writing.
Ferguson, Helen, 1901-1977, cast.
Coakley, Marion, 1896-1968, cast.
Glass, Gaston, cast.
Robson, May, 1868-1924, cast.
Davenport, Blanche, cast.
Learn, Bessie, cast.
Young, Tammany, 1887-1936, cast.
D'Albrook, Sidney, 1886-1948, cast.
MacManus Corporation.
W.H. Productions Company.
Created / Published
United States : W.H. Productions Co., 1919.
Subject Headings
-  World War, 1914-1918--Drama
-  Argonne, Battle of the, France, 1918--Drama
-  United States.--Army.--Infantry Division, 77th--Drama
-  Cher Ami (Pigeon)--Drama
-  Alexander, Robert,--1863-1941
Genre
War films
Historical films
Silent films
Feature films
Fiction films
Notes
-  LP14170 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: MacManus Corp.; 6Sep19; LP14170.
-  Helen Ferguson, Marion Coakley, Sydney D'Albrook, Gaston Glass, Jack McLean, Mrs. Stuart Robson, Blanche Davenport, Bessie Learn, Tammany Young.
-  Appearing: Major General Robert Alexander, Major George G. McMurtry, Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, Capt. William J. Cullen, Lieutenant Arthur F. McKeogh, Lieut. Augustus Kaiser, Private Jack Hershkowitz, Corporal Philip Cepaglia, Sergeant Herman J. Bergasse, Private J.J. Munson, Private Abraham Krotoshinisky, Lieutenant Jordan, Private J.W. Rosson.
-  On M/B/RS Film & Television catalog card for 16 mm print: "Incomplete copy: LC has reels 3-5".
-  Originally released on eight 35 mm. reels.
-  Part of summary from M/B/RS Film & Television catalog card.
-  Sources used: M/B/RS Film & Television catalog card; Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939, p. 488; Wikipedia WWW site, viewed August 27, 201; Internet movie database, August 27, 2018; American Heritage magazine, v. 28, issue 6, 1977, (The lost battalion) viewed online August 30, 2018; Moving picture world, v. 41, no. 12, September 20, 1919, p. 1867-1868, viewed online August 30, 2018 at the Media History Digital Library.
Medium
1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 123 min.) : si., b&w.
viewing print 3 film reels of 8 (r3-5) (ca. 45 min., ca. 1,045 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 0483-0485 (viewing print)
Source Collection
AFI/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Collection (Library of Congress)
Fleming (Douglas) & Moore (Lynn) Collection (Library of Congress)
Digital Id
https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/ntscrm.00007929
Library of Congress Control Number
2018600177
Language
Online Format
image
video
OCLC Number
20652280
Description
Based on the experiences of soldiers in the American 77th Infantry Division, about 550 of whom were isolated and surrounded by the Germans during the Battle of the Argonne in World War I. The men suffered from thirst, hunger, and heavy losses, but refused to surrender. As more men were killed and captured, carrier pigeons became the only method of communicating with headquarters. Coming under friendly fire, the men were saved by a pigeon named Cher Ami, who was able to deliver a message to stop the barrage. After five days, and several unsuccessful rescue attempts, the remaining men were finally rescued. Five participants received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and others received the Distinguished Service Cross. The fictional part of the story precedes and follows the battle scenes, showing the men in civilian life and in training, and the survivors coming home to their loved ones. The fictional characters also appear in the battle scenes along with some of the actual participants.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2018600177
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Chicago citation style:

Logue, Charles A., Writing, Helen Ferguson, Marion Coakley, Gaston Glass, May Robson, Blanche Davenport, Bessie Learn, et al. The Lost Battalion. United States: W.H. Productions Co, 1919. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2018600177/.

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Logue, C. A., Ferguson, H., Coakley, M., Glass, G., Robson, M., Davenport, B. [...] W.H. Productions Company. (1919) The Lost Battalion. United States: W.H. Productions Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2018600177/.

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Logue, Charles A., Writing, et al. The Lost Battalion. United States: W.H. Productions Co, 1919. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2018600177/>.