Produced under the sponsorship of the American Legion, Men of Purpose was advertised as "A Monument to the Dead" and "Not a Story of Mankind, but of Men." Yes, it's another WWI documentary, tracing the tragic conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand and concluding, inevitably, with the November 1918 Armistice. Even back in 1926, the newsreel footage utilized in the film was scratched and fading, diminishing the impact of several scenes. The best scenes were filmed with a magnifying lens, allowing the viewer an up-front-and-personal view of the War without unduly endangering the cameramen. Men of Purpose was written by Bruce Chester, billed as a "data collector," whose subtitles tallied up the losses incurred in WWI in terms of money as well as manpower.
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