Charles is a doughboy in France; for him, war is another opportunity to sing in a quartet. He falls for Antoinette, a local bar maid. She likes him too. She encourages him to study, so he ... See full summary »
Charles is a doughboy in France; for him, war is another opportunity to sing in a quartet. He falls for Antoinette, a local bar maid. She likes him too. She encourages him to study, so he does and becomes a sergeant. But, his love life and musical career are interrupted by shooting, trench warfare, and Charlie's continual run-ins with a cranky lieutenant. A crisis befalls Charlie when the quartet's tenor is shot in the throat: Charlie hears a German soldier singing like an angel, so he hatches an elaborate plan to bring the soldier across no man's land. Can Charlie pull all of it off, including winning Antoinette's hand? Written by
Wow...who would have thought WWI was so much fun?!
The main theme of this short is enlisted man Charley trying to form a singing group during WWI. In a super-weird twist, he finds that a German soldier has a lovely voice and would make a great addition to the group, so he connives to try to sneak the guy across no-man's land! There are also many run-ins with the Lieutenant, a romance with lovely Thelma Todd and, when there's time, a war! This is a bizarre WWI comedy--mostly because the film seems to have A LOT shoved into a relatively short running time--romance, lots of singing, battle scenes and lots of silliness. While this does come off as a bit rushed and cramped, it makes up for it with a lot of energy and it's hard not to like it. And, for folks who don't know that Charley Chase had a nice singing voice and used it in some of his shorts, this is one of the better chances to see and hear him in action.
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