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It's the Old Army Game ()


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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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Elmer Prettywillie
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Mildred Marshall
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Tessie Overholt
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George Parker
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Sarah Pancoast
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Mickey
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Society Bather
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Society Bather
George Currie ...
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Elise Cavanna ...
Near-sighted woman (uncredited)

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A. Edward Sutherland

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J.P. McEvoy ... (play "The Comic Supplement") (as Joseph P. McEvoy) and
W.C. Fields ... (play "The Comic Supplement")
 
William LeBaron ... (adaptation)
 
Thomas J. Geraghty ... (scenario) and
J. Clarkson Miller ... (scenario)
 
Ralph Spence ... (titles)

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William LeBaron ... associate producer

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Alvin Wyckoff

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Thomas J. Geraghty

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Paul Jones ... assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Pasternak ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Jesse L. Lasky ... presenter
Adolph Zukor ... presenter

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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 Gleaner, ((Deruyter, NY)) 12 May 1927) See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Old Army Game (United States)
  • Un conte d'apothicaire (France)
  • Mannen som gör vad som faller honom in (Sweden)
  • Эта старая армейская игра (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Risos e Tristezas (Brazil)
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  • 70 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Louise Brooks (1986). See more »
Quotes 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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