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 »
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 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.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?