Smith's Army Life (1928)

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Cast overview:
Raymond McKee ...
Jimmy Smith
Ruth Hiatt ...
Mabel Smith
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Bubbles Smith
Vernon Dent ...
The Colonel
Glen Cavender ...
The Drill Sergeant
Clarence's Wife
William McCall ...
Inspecting Officer
Irving Bacon ...
Inspecting Officer
Balto ...
The Dog


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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

5 February 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Smith Family Training Camp Story  »

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1.33 : 1
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19th release in 'The Smith Family' series of 2-reel comedies. See more »


Followed by Smith's Restaurant (1928) See more »

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Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home
30 October 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Smith is back in training camp and the wife and dog are there too, in this typically well-executed episode in the Mack Sennett Studios series.

Although Sennett is best remembered for the over-the-top slapstick comedies of a decade and a half earlier, he produced a wide variety of comedies. The Smith Family series mixes a bit of slapstick with more familiar situations and this one runs through many of the standard drill field gags of the era, run by the good clowns on the lot under the supervision of the competent Alf Goulding. Glen Cavender plays Smith's hard-nosed drill sergeant -- he specialized in military men and traffic cops; Vernon Dent as the Colonel; and in one of several appearances in the series, Carole Lombard.

If you think that the Smith Family looks like a TV situation with moderately rough slapstick, you're right. It had to come from somewhere and these well-produced comedy shorts series were a stage in popular entertainment's evolution.

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