Barbed Wire (1927 film)

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Barbed Wire
Barbed Wire lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Mauritz Stiller (uncredited)
Produced by Rowland V. Lee
Erich Pommer
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Rowland V. Lee (adaptation)
Jules Furthman
Based on The Woman of Knockaloe
by Hall Caine
Starring Pola Negri
Clive Brook
Cinematography Bert Glennon
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • September 10, 1927 (1927-09-10)
Running time
7 reels (67-79 minutes)
Country United States
Language English

Barbed Wire is a 1927 American silent romance film set in World War I. It stars Pola Negri as a French farmgirl and Clive Brook as the German prisoner of war she falls in love with. The film was based on the novel The Woman of Knockaloe by Hall Caine.[1] Unlike the original novel, set in Isle of Man, the film takes place in Normandy, France. Some plot alterations were made in the adaptation, including most importantly the insertion of a happy ending.[2]

Pola Negri and Clive Brook



Despite the central peaceful message of both the film and the novel, the British audience reacted to the film with an upsurge of anti-German sentiment. Incensed by this, Hall Caine wrote to The Sunday Times objecting to the ‘monstrous’ and ‘malicious’ misrepresentation by ‘certain sections of the press’, which described the plot as ‘pro-German’.[3]


  1. ^ Barbed Wire at the database
  2. ^ Andrew Kelly, Cinema and the Great War, Routledge, 1996
  3. ^ ‘Forgotten Prisoners of the Great war’ by Panikos Panayi, in History Today, Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

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