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The Battle Cry of Peace

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The Battle Cry of Peace
John Harrison (Charles Richman) and Virginia Vandergriff (Norma Talmadge) face enemy leader Emanon (L. Rogers Lytton) while Virginia's mother and sister fearfully view an enemy soldier in The Battle Cry of Peace.
Directed byWilfrid North
J. Stuart Blackton
Written byJ. Stuart Blackton (scenario)
Based onDefenseless America
by Hudson Maxim
Produced byJ. Stuart Blackton
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Arthur T. Quinn
Music byS. L. Rothapfel
S. M. Berg
Ivan Rudisill
Distributed byV-L-S-E, Incorporated
Release date
  • August 6, 1915 (1915-08-06) (New York City)[1]
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Advertisement in The Moving Picture World (1916)
Advertisement in The Moving Picture World (1916)

The Battle Cry of Peace is a 1915 American silent war drama film directed by Wilfrid North and J. Stuart Blackton, one of the founders of Vitagraph Company of America who also wrote the scenario. The film is based on the book Defenseless America, by Hudson Maxim, and was distributed by V-L-S-E, Incorporated. The film stars Charles Richman, L. Rogers Lytton, and James W. Morrison.[2]

Alternate titles for this film were A Call to Arms and The Battle Cry of War. In the UK, the film was called An American Home. A sequel followed in 1917, Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation.


In a war-torn world, enemies of the United States use pacifists as pawns to make sure that the United States does not spend too much on defense. Then the enemies attack and take over the country.


Upon its release, the film generated a controversy rivaling that of The Birth of a Nation because it was considered to be militaristic propaganda. Producer Stuart Blackton believed that the US should join the Allies involved in World War I overseas, and that was why he made the film. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the film's staunchest supporters, and he persuaded Gen. Leonard Wood to lend Blackton an entire regiment of Marines to use as extras.[3]


Distribution The film was released by VLSE Incorporated [A Blue Ribbon Feature], premiered in New York on August 6, 1915 at the Vitagraph Theater (formerly the Criterion Theater). The film is also known under the title A Call to Arms Against War or The Battle Cry of War . The copyright , requested by The Vitagraph Co. of America, was registered on November 10, 1915 under number LP6935 [1] .

In the UK, the film was released as An American Home . In 1917, a sequel was made to Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation which was directed by William PS Earle alongside James Stuart Blackton. In Italy it was initially censored in August 1916, but managed to obtain the clearance for distribution in February 1917; it was distributed by the Lombard Monopoly .

In 1917, when the United States entered the war, the film was reissued in a modified version which was given the title The Battle Cry of War [2] .

Release dates IMDb

USA 6 August 1915 (New York City, New York) USA September 14, 1915 (New York, Vitagraph Theater) Alias

A Call to Arms Against War (undefined) An American Home UK The Battle Cry of War USA (reissue title)



The majority of the film is now considered lost.[4] The Cinemateket-Svenska Filminstitutet possesses one reel.[5] Fragments of footage of battle scenes survive and are housed at the George Eastman House.[5][6]


  1. ^ Slide, Anthony (1976). The Big V: A History of the Vitagraph Company. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. p. 77. ISBN 9780810809673.
  2. ^ Moving Picture Exhibitors' Association (1915). The Moving Picture World, Volume 25, Issues 4-6. Chalmers Publishing Company. p. 795.
  3. ^ Magill's Survey of Silent Films, Vol.l A-FLA p.175 edited by Frank N. Magill c.1982 ISBN 0-89356-240-8 (3 book set ISBN 0-89356-239-4) Retrieved December 11, 2014
  4. ^ "The Battle Cry of Peace". Archived from the original on 2014-12-25. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Greta de Groat (Electronic Media Cataloger at Stanford University Libraries). "The Feature films [sic] of Norma Talmadge".
  6. ^ The Battle Cry of Peace at

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