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Sons o' Guns (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  30 May 1936 (USA)
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Broadway star Jimmy Canfield stars in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the heroic soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some troubles with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yvonne
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Mary Harper
Eric Blore ...
Hobson
Craig Reynolds ...
Lieut. Burton
Wini Shaw ...
Bernice Pearce (as Winifred Shaw)
Joe King ...
General Harper (as Joseph King)
Robert Barrat ...
Pierre
G.P. Huntley ...
Capt. Ponsonby-Falcke (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Frank Mitchell ...
Ritter
Bert Roach ...
Vogel
David Worth ...
Arthur Travers (as Dave Worth)
Hans Joby ...
German Prisoner
Michael Mark ...
Carl
Otto Fries ...
German Spy
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Broadway star Jimmy Canfield stars in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the heroic soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some troubles with Berenice, another actress, he acts like joining the forces going over there, but that turns out to be real. In France he falls in love with Yvonne, a French barmaid and is arrested as spy. He escapes from prison, only to end in the uniform of a German officer leading "his" soldiers in an Allied trap. But being escaped from prison and wearing the enemy's uniform isn't that healthy in wartime.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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30 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Han stod i rök och damm  »

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The musical play, Sons O' Guns, opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York on 26 November 1929 and closed on 9 August 1930 after 295 performances. Co-Writer Jack Donahue played 'Jimmy Canfield' in the opening night cast, which also included Lili Damita as Yvonne and William Frawley as Hobson. See more »

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The two German spies, Otto Fries and Mischa Auer are vocally identified onscreen as Ritter and Vogel, the character names listed in the credits for Frank Mitchell and Bert Roach. Mitchell and Roach are 2 Germans taken prisoner by Jimmy. Joe King is listed as General Harper, but he's called Colonel in the movie. See more »

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In the Arms of an Army Man
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Wini Shaw
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Misfire
31 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Joe E. Brown's limited arsenal of comic effects may not be to everyone's taste, but in most of his B-comedies of the 1930s he employed them expeditiously. Even when playing a braggart or an egotist, there was - eventually - something lovable about the character getting his comeuppance when he learns that the girl means more to him than his ego.

But this picture, in addition to minimizing the mugging and the knockabout comedy that was Brown's stock in trade, pushes the downbeat characterization too far: a draft-dodger, a slacker who gropes to rationalize his obvious cowardice, in addition to being a stage star admired by the ladies but returning little of their affection. In brief, he is not likable, and he is not funny.

A few minutes of the film are enjoyable, but interestingly both scenes are insertions which could have been lifted without affecting the story line, and which, I suspect, may have been spliced in to give the picture some life: Brown's Apache pantomime, and the brief but charming dance with Joan Blondell in the barroom.

Brown's pictures were usually better, and seldom worse.


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