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Doughboys (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, War  |  30 August 1930 (USA)
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A naive and wealthy young man seeks to impress a girl and then unwittingly signs up for army service.

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Mary
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Nescopeck
Edward Brophy ...
Sergeant Brophy
Victor Potel ...
Svendenburg
Arnold Korff ...
Gustave
Frank Mayo ...
Captain Scott
Pitzy Katz ...
Abie Cohn
William Steele ...
Lieutenant Randolph
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Storyline

Elmer, rich society loafer, falls for Mary, but she'll have nothing to do with him until (mistakenly thinking that he's hiring a new chauffeur) he accidentally volunteers for the army. Luckily, Mary's signed up to entertain the troops. Unluckily, Elmer's sergeant likes Mary, too. And worst of all, they're all about to ship out for France. Written by Kathy Li

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The Laughing Gas of The Big Fight!

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

30 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Shot  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate-language version of De frente, marchen (1930) See more »

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Sweet Adeline
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Armstrong
Lyrics by Richard H. Gerard
Sung a cappella by the cook
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Strange misfire from Keaton
4 October 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This film seems like no one was sure of what to do now that they had to include sound. Keaton shares a number of scenes with Cliff Richards, an odd talent who most reminds me of Charlie McCarthy. Much of the dialog is spoken by the drill Sergent as he screams at Keaton. Keaton's gags are reduced to the sort that would have been throw-aways in his silent films. Many of the pratfalls are forced as you can see Keaton set himself up for another mishap. The entire cast seems unrehearsed. Some of the film is so oddly edited that I wonder if the print we have now was chopped up after the initial release. Compare this film with "Spite Marriage" from a year before and you'll wonder too how the same crew could have made both films. Not recommendable.


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