During World War I a young man joins the army and winds up befriending another young recruit, not knowing that it's the same pickpocket who stole his watch. After finishing basic training, ... See full summary »
During World War I a young man joins the army and winds up befriending another young recruit, not knowing that it's the same pickpocket who stole his watch. After finishing basic training, the two are sent to the front lines in France, where they wind up in trouble with the MPs, getting involved with some cute French girls and "volunteering" for a dangerous front-line mission, and their antics result in their endangering the armistice. Written by
Wallace Beery joins the army and heads to France not knowing that his new best friend is the pickpocket who stole his watch. This silent movie is a great comedy about day to day life in the trenches of The Great War (before we knew to number them). The two friends spend time in the stockade, eat bad food and meet French girls. They also "volunteer" for a dangerous mission in no-man's-land, accidentally capturing an entire German company and violating the armistice. Laurel & Hardy repeated this gag in "Pack Up Your Troubles" a few years later. By 1926, Hollywood was making war dramas showing the courage and sacrifices the doughboys made. "Wings" and "Hell's Angels" would be made in the next three years. Maybe it was time to forget the horrors of the war and laugh at it for a while.
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