A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boy's father, believing her to be ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
Harry L. Rattenberry
Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a ... See full summary »
While at an amusement park, two men try to win the heart of a young lady. They compete with each other while attempting to find her runaway dog, and they race to ask her mother's permission to take her up in a hot air balloon.
Captain Bob White, an American aviator is sent on a dangerous mission to Germany to steal the enemy's plans for an expected drive. Bob impersonates a woman in order to entrap the Kaiser whose weakness for women is well known. Bob flirts with the Kaiser, Hindenburg, and the Crown Prince, and each one becomes jealous of the others. Bob lures the Kaiser to his downfall with an Oriental dance. Hindenburg tells the Kaiser's wife that her husband is visiting a woman in her chambers, and the results prove disastrous for all three men. Bob eventually gains the military secrets and the enemy is defeated in time. Written by
Producer and writer Mack Sennett said in an interview that this film was the final word on WW1. This movie was released just four months after the war had ended and there's no question that it was meant to be a middle finger to Germans. In the film Othwell Browne plays an American soldier who dresses in drag to make idiots out of three German's including The Kaiser (Ford Sterling). YANKEE DOODLE IN BERLIN isn't the greatest comedy ever made and I didn't really care for too much of it but at the same time it remains a rather interesting curio simply because of how mean-spirited it is. It should go without saying but the German folks are made to look like complete animals here and you can't help but think that back in the day people were laughing their heads off at the material and I'm sure cheering whenever one of the German characters were either knocked out or just beaten. There are countless scenes where the brave American soldier is standing up for his country in his nice uniform but when we see the German guys they're all walking like idiots, wearing bad mustaches or simply acting like they belong in a pre-school class. I'm sure many eyes from today would look at this and find it rather distasteful, which it pretty much is, but at the same time it's important to remember that this was released after the war and I'm sure many people had a good time laughing at the enemy. Today, the film doesn't contain nearly enough laughs to make it work but at the same time the first half is interesting enough to keep it moving. I thought there were some funny moments early on as one soldier pretends to be a German just so he can make fun of those around him. Another funny sequence as a German officer having a large man beat the tar out of a smaller German guy after he insults the "woman." This is a pretty funny scene just due to how violent it was and this is true even though we can see the obvious fake human taking the beating. I thought Browne was pretty good when in drag and Sterling is obviously having fun in his role. Malcolm St. Clair, Ben Turpin, James Finlayson and Edgar Kennedy also appear.
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