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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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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)  »

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A Guerra é um Buraco  »

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coburn both starred in and produced the original play, which opened in New York on 19 October 1918, before the end of World War I, and ran for 353 performances. See more »

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The Daughter in the Skit: Sufferin' frankfurters - Ludendorf is comin'!
The Blacksmith: I'll save my little girl from that crooked pretzel!
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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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The Willie and Joe of the First World War
26 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the character of Old Bill and his pal Alf had its origins in the comic strips of Great Britain in doing a bit of research I was surprised to learn that the play on which this film was based was produced by the American actor Charles Coburn. It ran 353 performances and it starred Coburn on Broadway as well during the 1918-19 season. But it came to the screen as a vehicle for Sydney Chaplin, older brother of Charlie Chaplin and a fair comic himself.

Curiously enough one of Charlie's successes was a service comedy set in World War II Shoulder Arms. But in this case the comedy is set in the British army with the British born Sydney Chaplin.

Whatever else Old Bill is, he's a survivor. He and partner Alf played by John Ackroyd are the Willie and Joe of the British Expeditionary Force. The situations these two find themselves could easily be adapted to World War II era service comedies that conceivably would have starred folks like Bob Hope or Danny Kaye.

Briefly put the plot has Old Bill and Alf foiling a major German offensive almost singlehandedly. A remarkable achievement for a pair that make gold bricking an art form.

I'd check out The Better 'Ole to see what a funny guy Charlie's brother could be.


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