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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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Elmer
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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!

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Comedy | War

Certificate:

Passed
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Release Date:

30 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Shot  »

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Runtime:

(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 »

Soundtracks

You Were Meant For Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Buster Keaton and soldiers
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Its' still Buster!
28 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keaton had more control over this film than he had on the previous "Free and Easy". MGM had tried to portray him as a sad clown, but happily they left him alone on this feature. Buster based this film on his experiences in the army during World War I. It is obvious from this movie that Buster was a peace loving man who really detested war. In his social satire, he is more subtle than Chaplin, but it's there. Buster is closer to his silent character here, but he does have to handle dialogue. He's still a little aprehensive, but remember, this was only his second sound film! The gags in this film are as clever as anything he did in his silent features and there is even a little, charming, impromptu musical interlude with Buster and Cliff "Jiminy Cricket" Edwards fooling around on ukeleles. This film was partially remade by Buster as a Columbia two-reeler called "General Nuisance". It is one of his better Columbia efforts.


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