Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs. Still, the lovestruck Harry is determined to marry his sweetheart Ethel.... See full summary »
Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. He enters a $25,000 cross-country hiking contest. After many adventures he wins, pays ... See full summary »
The tune "Forever" which Ben Lyon plays on the piano and sings was later used for the Louis Jordan hit "Just a Gigolo". See more »
In the scene in the apartment of Lola Green, she plays a phonograph record on the Victor label but the label is the "scroll" design Victor only started using in 1925, even though the scene takes place in 1917. See more »
"A Soldier's Plaything" is living -- and talking -- proof that not every movie directed by Michael Curtiz was another "Casablanca" or "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Even by 1930s standards, it's a pot-boiler that appears -- from a barrage of title cards -- to have been planned as a silent, then revamped after "The Jazz Singer" opened. Ben Lyon gives a cardboard performance as a gambler who joins the army to escape a murder rap, Harry Langdon does better as his klutzy stooge, Noah Beery is the apoplectic officer who keeps putting them in the stockade. There are a few sight gags that may have been mildly amusing in 1930 and the sound is surprisingly sharp for the era. Otherwise, though, it's a museum piece.
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