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It's the Old Army Game (1926)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 11 July 1926 (USA)
Druggist Elmer Prettywillie is sleeping. A woman rings the night bell only to buy a two-cent stamp. Then garbage collectors waken him. Next it's firemen on a false alarm. And then a real fire.


J.P. McEvoy (play) (as Joseph P. McEvoy), W.C. Fields (play) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Elmer Prettywillie
Louise Brooks ... Mildred Marshall
Blanche Ring ... Tessie Overholt
William Gaxton ... George Parker
Mary Foy ... Sarah Pancoast
Mickey Bennett ... Mickey
Josephine Dunn ... Society Bather
Jack Luden ... Society Bather
George Currie George Currie ... Artist


Elmer Pettywillie is the owner of a small drug store in Florida, and Mildred Marshall is his clerk. Business is slow until George Delevan leases space in the store to sell New York real estate. Business is good, especially for George, but the sheriff comes looking for him and he departs the premises for places unknown. Elmer feels that he has been an unknowing accomplice in a con-game, and he heads for New York in his old Ford. But he heads in the wrong direction, gets lost a few times, gives up and starts back to his drugstore. Many townsmen are rushing toward him as he drives up the street, but they are running to congratulate him as George as returned bearing profits for all the local investors. All is well, other than Elmer ending up as a very reluctant fourth-party in a double-wedding ceremony. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"Never give a sucker an even break." W.C. Fields in "IT'S THE OLD ARMY GAME." Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and "take your winnings." You needn't take a chance. For it's a game you cannot lose for W.C. Fields will keep you laughing from beginning to end. It's funny even to think of selling New York lots to Florida real Estate hounds. But this is only one of the laughs. (Print Ad- Springport Signal, ((Springport, Mich.)) 26 August 1926) See more »


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Louise Brooks noted in her book "Lulu In Hollywood" that the picnic scene was filmed at the Palm Beach estate of financier J. P. Morgan's partner, Edward Stotesbury, known as El Mirasol. See more »


George Parker: [title card] I'd like to put my real estate display in your window. I'm president of the High-and-Dry Realty Company - I want to use your window for a display.
Mildred Marshall: [title card] It might help our business, too.
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Entertaining Silent Comedy
16 July 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

It's the Old Army Game (1926)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Entertaining comedy has W.C. Fields playing Elmer Prettywillie, a druggist who constantly finds himself unhappy due to other people. One day he catches a break, which could lead to him getting rich but it might turn out to be a scam.

IT'S THE OLD ARMY GAME certainly isn't what you'd call "classic Fields" but there's no doubt that fans of his will enjoy seeing him here. This is especially true since IT'S A GIFT is basically a sound version of this. The biggest problem with the movie is that the fact that the screenplay comes across like four or five short films instead of a real feature.

I say that because we basically got different scenarios that Fields gets himself into. The first one is him trying to get some sleep yet a woman will stop at nothing for him to open his store. There's another subplot dealing with a very annoying kid that lives with him and who is constantly trying to get his way. You've got another subplot where Fields gets involved with someone who might be a bit shady.

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11 July 1926 (USA) See more »

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