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The Better 'Ole (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, War, Drama | 23 October 1926 (USA)
The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

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(as Charles 'Chuck' Reisner)

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Cpl. Austin (as Ed. Kennedy)
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The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

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Comedy | War | Drama

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23 October 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra é um Buraco  »

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(music and effects)|

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(tinted and toned)

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1.33 : 1
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The film and the earlier musical comedies are based on a popular cartoon character Old Bill, an Cockney-born British infantryman, drawn by Bruce Bairnsfather. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. William 'Old Bill' Busby: Quick! I've got a spy! 'e was reachin' for a carrier pigeon in that barrel.
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There was no cast list per se. Some actors were credited by intertitles when they first appeared. Syd Chaplin was credited above the title and his full character name was supplied in an intertitle. See more »

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Version of Carry On (1919) See more »

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Fun in France
23 October 2016 | by (Crystal Palace) – See all my reviews

Syd Chaplin is Bruce Bairnsfather's cartoon creation to the life in this, the second screen adaptation of the play he wrote with Arthur Elliot in 1917. Aged only 41, Charlie Chaplin's elder brother Syd looks twenty years older as the laconic army veteran who even for a silent film says very little. Although frequently called upon to show great athletic prowess (it comes as no surprise when he turns out to be able to pick up a piano in one hand), Chaplin remains for the most part quietly inscrutable behind that enormous moustache that makes it difficult to see where his mouth is, but for the pipe usually sticking out of it.

Although there is quite a lot of plot, the film for the most part comprises a series of comic episodes, some of them quite surreal, such as the lengthy sequence in which Bill and little Alphie get drunk while careering around terrorising Germans dressed as a pantomime horse - No, really! (Contrary to the late F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre's earlier declaration, by the way, the Kennedy brothers do share the screen together in a play staged for the troops: Tom as a blacksmith shielding his daughter from a nasty Hun played by Edgar). Great fun, handsomely produced.


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