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Sons o' Guns (1936)

 -  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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Jimmy Canfield
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Han stod i rök och damm  »

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Originally set to be produced by United Artists for a 1931 release, with Al Jolson and Lili Damita as the stars (Damita was slated to reprise her role from the original Broadway production). After Jolson's ordeal with UA filming _Hallelujah I'm a Bum_, the film's rights were sold to Warner Brothers as well as the remainder of Jolson's contract to UA. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

There's a Long, Long Trail
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Zo Elliott
Lyrics by Stoddard King
Sung by the soldiers at the Café de la Lune
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... Not too bad, not too good. FAKE FRENCH ACCENTS MAKE ME HAPPY!
30 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Well, Sons o' Guns was on TCM this afternoon. Being a lazy bum, having nothing better to do, and being a rather big fan of Joan Blondell, I reclined on the sofa and watched it. I missed the first five minutes and a couple minutes here and there, but the gist is this: Joe E Brown is a somewhat bumbling private who ends up first being in a lot of trouble and then becoming a big hero. The accents were fairly bad. Most notably Joan Blondell's French one and various of the Germans'. When Mr. Brown, in the movie Dzzeemee (That, of course, is Jimmy in Joan Blondell French), did accents they were ok. The singing and dancing numbers left something to be desired, but on the whole it was a charming film. I don't necessarily reccomend it, but it was charming none the less. I give it a 5 out of 10. I have the feeling it would have been better if Busby Berkely would have been involved, but really, I don't know a lot of musicals that I couldn't say the same thing for.


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