Baxter plays a French regimental commander in WW I who is constantly being sent replacements. He gives them a standard speech about the proud traditions of the regiment, then sends them out to be slaughtered before the German trenches for a gain of a few yards that will only be lost the
next day. He lives almost exclusively on a diet of cognac and aspirin. Into the unit comes idealistic and carefree junior officer March, who is soon disillusioned by the waste of life all around him. Both men fall in love with pretty nurse Lang, although she prefers March. Into the regiment comes
Barrymore (in one of his last walking parts), the oldest private in the French army, a ...