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My Four Years in Germany
Directed by William Nigh
Clifford P. Saum (assist. director)
Produced by The Warner Brothers
Mark M. Dintenfass
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on My Four Years in Germany by James W. Gerard
Written by Charles A. Logue
Starring Halbert Brown
Willard Dashiell
Louis Dean
Earl Schenck
George Riddell
Narrated by
Music by
Cinematography Rial B. Schellinger
Editing by William Nigh
Production company(s) My Four Years in Germany Inc.
Turner Entertainment (library only)
Distributor First National Exhibitors (later amalgamated into First National Pictures)
Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 10, 1918 (New York City premier)
April 29, 1918 (general)
Running time 108 minutes (10 reels)
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Gross revenue
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My Four Years in Germany is a 1918 American silent war drama film that is notable as being the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. It was directed by seasoned William Nigh, later a director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was based on the experiences of real life U. S. Ambassador to Germany James W. Gerard as described in his book. The film was produced while World War I was still raging and is sometimes considered a propaganda film.



  • Halbert Brown as Ambassador James W. Gerard
  • Willard Dashiell as Sir Edward Goschen
  • Louis Dean as Kaiser Wilhelm II
  • Earl Schenck as Crown Prince of Germany
  • George Riddell as Field Marshall von Hindenburg
  • Frank Stone as Prince Henry of Prussia
  • Karl Dane as Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg
  • Fred Hern as Foreign Minister von Jagow
  • Percy Standing as Under-Secretary Zimmerman
  • William Bittner as Grand Admiral von Tirpitz
  • Arthur C. Duvel as Field Marshal von Falkenhayn
  • Ann Dearing as Aimee Delaporte
  • A. B. Conkwright as Socialist
  • William Nigh as Socialist


Like many American films of the time, My Four Years in Germany was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 7, of the intertitle "Do you know where will be quarted tonight?", two scenes of officer entering cabin into which young woman runs and his exit, scene of young woman lying in bed with clothing disarranged after her criminal assault, scene of dead woman on ground, Reel 8, the intertitle "The first night we were quartered with the soldiers", and, Reel 10, scene of man drawing sword out of other man's body. The Chicago board's cuts totaled twenty feet of film.



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