Another one of the many anti-war films Hitler hated – presumably because he was so pro-war – All Quiet On The Western Front was shot in and around Los Angeles, with the trench scenes shot at the vast Irvine Ranch just south of the city. Universal’s mighty adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s Great War novel was a polyglot affair, with director Lewis Milestone, a Russian-born American, overseeing a cast of (mostly) Americans pretending to be German in California. If this cultural Babel fish looked a potentially risky venture on paper, it ended up being an enduring classic that reaped five-star reviews from just about everyone. Well, except the Nazis. They gave it two swastikas.