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 overview, first billed only:
Mary Harper
Eric Blore ...
Craig Reynolds ...
Lieut. Burton
Wini Shaw ...
Bernice Pearce (as Winifred Shaw)
Joe King ...
General Harper (as Joseph King)
Robert Barrat ...
G.P. Huntley ...
Capt. Ponsonby-Falcke (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Frank Mitchell ...
Bert Roach ...
David Worth ...
Arthur Travers (as Dave Worth)
Hans Joby ...
German Prisoner
Michael Mark ...
Otto Fries ...
German Spy


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 <>

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30 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Han stod i rök och damm  »

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"Put on a Uniform" was a song Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote for this movie, but it was not used. See more »


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 »


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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Over There With Joe E. Brown
12 December 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A mild-mannered stage comedian is most unhappily swept up into the World War One Army and shipped off to France.

Fast-moving & fun, SONS O' GUNS is another example of the comedy picture that Warner Bros. was so expert at producing during the 1930's. Casts & plots could be shuffled endlessly, with very predictable results. While this assembly line approach created few classics, audience enjoyment could usually be assured.

Putty-faced comic Joe E. Brown dominates the film with his special brand of wacky humor. Given a good script, Brown could be a very funny fellow indeed and he lives up to his reputation here, his tremendous mouth and mischievous eyes always on the move, waiting to signal the next wisecrack. Many of his jokes vigorously push the boundaries of the Production Code, which only adds to their amusement.

Pretty Joan Blondell, playing an innocent French miss (with a strangely Russian-sounding accent), very much takes second fiddle to Brown, letting him dominate nearly all of their scenes. And even her limited screen time has to be shared with Beverly Roberts as Brown's disaffected fiancée & Wini Shaw as one of the women out of his past. Still, Blondell is always lovely to look at and the film is fortunate to have her.

Brown's true costar in the movie is Eric Blore, very droll as the respectful British valet who becomes his employer's tough-talking sergeant in the war's front lines. The very different acting styles of these two gentlemen mesh quite well on screen, and, particularly in their first scenes, provide the viewer with some very enjoyable moments.

Movie mavens will recognize Mischa Auer in a small role as a jovial German spy.

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