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A Soldier's Plaything (1930)

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(original story), (screen play) (as Perry Vekroff) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Georgie
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Tim
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Gretchen
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Capt. Plover
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Hank
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The Corporal
Marie Astaire ...
Lola
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Joe
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Vina Delmar, author of "Kept Woman" and "Bad Girl" wrote "A Soldier's Plaything". See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Passed
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Release Date:

1 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Come Easy  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Smiles
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
Played on a record in Lola's apartment
Reprised by an army marching band
Reprised at the show in Belgium and danced by the doughboys
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Look who's talking
27 January 2014 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

"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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