Paths of Glory, 701st French Infantry Flag

original movie prop

The POG 701 flag was my first movie prop flag, purchased back in 1975 as a real French unit flag. But when I went to look up the unit lineage I found no French Infantry regiments above 500 in number series? Later in 1975, while in Malcome Willet's now ledgendary Hollywood Book Store, I found a movie still photo of Kirk Douglas in WW1 French uniform with 701 on his collar, WALLA. So a non-existant 701st Infantry Regiment number was chosen for use in the controversial 1957 Kirk Douglas movie "Paths of Glory". But the "POG" script still upset the French anyway, even though the French did in WW1 execute their own troops such as in the 10th Compagnie, 8th Battalion, Régiment Mixte de Tirailleurs Algériens, as during the retreat at the beginning of the war these French-African soldiers refused an order to attack, so they were shot on the 15th of December 1914. The three million piece Hollywood Book Store collection of movie posters, magazines, photos and other items now stored away in Newbury Park will be auctioned off in December 2008. *** Hooray For Hollywood *** PS/ Have been told that the Paths Of Glory movie title is from a line in the Ninth stanza of Gray's “Eulogy Written in a Country Graveyard” The boasts of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
movie: Paths of Glory (1957)
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