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Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

Behind enemy lines, Captain Bob White disguises himself as a woman in order to fool members of the German High Command, including the Kaiser himself.

Director:

F. Richard Jones (as Richard Jones)

Writer:

Mack Sennett (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bothwell Browne ... Captain Bob White
Ford Sterling ... Kaiser Bill
Malcolm St. Clair ... The Crown Prince Freddy (as Mal St. Clair)
Bert Roach ... Von Hindenburg
Eva Thatcher ... The Kaiserin
Marie Prevost ... A Daughter of Belgium
Ben Turpin ... A Prussian Guardsman
Charles Murray ... An Irish-American Soldier (as Charlie Murray)
Chester Conklin ... Officer of Death's Head Hussars
Heinie Conklin ... Prussian Guard Drill Leader (as Charles Lynn)
Joseph Belmont Joseph Belmont ... Von Tirpitz (as Baldy Belmont)
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Storyline

Captain Bob White, an American aviator is sent on a dangerous mission to Germany to steal the enemy's plans for an expected drive. Bob impersonates a woman in order to entrap the Kaiser whose weakness for women is well known. Bob flirts with the Kaiser, Hindenburg, and the Crown Prince, and each one becomes jealous of the others. Bob lures the Kaiser to his downfall with an Oriental dance. Hindenburg tells the Kaiser's wife that her husband is visiting a woman in her chambers, and the results prove disastrous for all three men. Bob eventually gains the military secrets and the enemy is defeated in time. Written by Pamela Short

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'YANKEE DOODLE IN BERLIN' Is the Funniest, Jazziest, Shimmiest, Most Daring, astounding, Laugh Producing and Breath Taking Comedy Ever Produced by that Past Master of Film Fun Makers. (Print Ad- Watertown Daily Times, ((Watertown NY)) 5 February 1920)

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Comedy

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Trivia

Lots of stock shots of Curtiss Jennies (JN-4), clearly not operating in the main US sphere of action in North East France. Several are shown precision bombing German positions apparently 100 miles behind the front line. See more »

Quotes

Kaiser Bill: I see room for improvement.
Von Hindenburg: Your Majesty! These men stormed and captured a convent in Belgium.
Kaiser Bill: If they're soldiers, I'm an acrobat!
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Connections

Featured in The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (1975) See more »

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Mack Sennett's slapstick in a strange lowbrow comedy starring a female impersonator...
11 November 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BOSWELL BROWNE was a famous female impersonator of the WWI era appearing in vaudeville acts with his Salome routine and other comic acts as a female impersonator. Mack Sennett uses him here as the American soldier who uses his wiles on the Kaiser (FORD STERLING) and his son (BEN TURPIN) so that he can perform a Mata Hari kind of spying on the German army.

It's a strange comedy (to put it mildly) and if all the laughs weren't so dependent on outrageous slapstick buffoonery from the entire cast, it may have worked. Film quality is sometimes very poor due to age but for the most part it's given a halfway decent print on TCM that is at least watchable.

All of it is very obvious lowbrow humor making fun of the inept German army and it's only worth a look as a curiosity piece. Not at all in the same category as Chaplin's SHOULDER ARMS or his WWII comedy THE GREAT DICTATOR, it's merely fluff of a crude kind capitalizing on sophomoric humor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

2 March 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kaiser's Last Squeal See more »

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Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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