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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.

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

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
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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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Putting "reverse English" on the real estate game-selling New York lots in Florida-"The old army game" with modern touches. A new type of screen comedy with W. C. Fields of "Follies" fame as chief laughmaker. (Print ad- DeRuyter Glear ((DeRuyter, N. Y.)) 12 May 1927)


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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Army Game See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Version of It's a Gift (1934) See more »

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An interesting curio, but pretty dull
6 April 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Once thought lost, this W.C. Fields silent comedy was later remade (more or less) as It's a Gift. Here he's a pharmacist instead of a grocer (I think the short The Pharmacist also re-uses elements from this one), and some of the gags are different. There's a subplot about Fields investing in a real estate scam. The guy who's running it (William Gaxton) has a romantic subplot with Louise Brooks, who works as Fields' counter girl. Alas, Fields without his voice is barely half as funny. His attitude remains identical, but his acerbic line readings are gone. It also doesn't help that the version presented on Youtube is run at a slow speed, making the film much longer than it should be. I wouldn't recommend it.


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