Saturday, November 12, 2016
The anti war film War Brides released, November 12, 1916
A now lost American film, War Brides was a melodrama in which a young pregnant widow leads a protest against her country's monarch after he seeks to have his nation's young women marry departing solders to produce another generation of fighting men. The heroine actually commits suicide in front of the monarch after leading a female protest.
If the plot sounds far fetched during World War Two the Nazis did in fact encourage SS men to marry appropriately "Nordic" women for the very purpose noted, one of their many weird efforts during WWII.
Lines at the time of the release were reportedly so long that people waiting in line with the $2.00 admission fee had to be turned away.