One of the best filmed versions of a Hemingway novel and an important film for its time. Gary Cooper stars as Lt. Frederick Henry, a World War I ambulance officer, who falls in love with English Red Cross nurse Barkley (Helen Hayes), after he gets wounded and is admitted to the hospital where she is serving. The subject matter was extremely bold for its time, with Hayes’ character getting pregnant and delivering a stillborn child. It is reported that the film was heavily edited to pass the stringent Hollywood censorship policies, but this version deals deftly with the pregnancy, neutralizing the issue by focusing on their love rather than the unfortunate consequences of their unmarried state. This version should have pleased the author who disliked other versions with “happy endings,” for although it doesn’t belabor the fact that Catherine has died, it is very obvious that something tragic has happened.