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Two Arabian Knights (1927)

Two American soldiers are captured by the Germans on the Western Front during World War One and escape a POW camp only to stumble into further life-threatening adventures when they come across an Arabian king's daughter while on the lam.

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Complete credited cast:
... W. Daingerfield Phelps III
... Mirza
... Sergeant Peter O'Gaffney
... Shevket
Michael Vavitch ... The Emir
Michael Visaroff ... The Skipper (as M. Visaroff)
... The Purser
... American Consul (as De Witt Jennings)
... Mirza's Man Servant (as Nicholas Dunaev)
Jean Vachon ... Mirza's Maid Servant
David Cavendish ... The Emir's Advisor (as Denis D'Auburn)
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Americans Sgt. Peter O'Gaffney and one of his soldiers, privileged "pretty boy" W. Daingerfield Phelps III (who is always drawing caricatures), are captured and interred at a POW camp in Northern Germany near the end of WWI. Their relationship has always been an antagonistic one based on what Phelps sees as O'Gaffney pushing him around. O'Gaffney's rank is despite being wanted by the police back home as a con man. It is because of these differences that their resulting friendship at camp is so unlikely, the friendship based on both having the nerve to attempt to escape. On a snow covered day, they do manage to escape, in part by stealing white robes to camouflage themselves against the snow. In their adventures and misadventures on the outside in trying to get to safety, those adventures which include being mistaken for Arab prisoners, they find themselves as stowaways on board a cargo ship headed to Arabia. It is there that they meet a beautiful Arab woman named Mirza, who they save ... Written by Huggo

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Drop in tonite and see the greatest soldier comedy ever filmed- Much better than Rookies. (Print Ad- The Leader- Courier, ((Elk Point, SD)) 1 March 1928) See more »


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23 September 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Cavaleiros Árabes  »

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In December, 2004, the film was aired on television for the first time on Turner Classic Movies with a newly-commissioned musical score. See more »

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When O'Gaffney has his feet up on the table, and is told that per local custom he's insulting others present by doing that, he takes his feet down twice. See more »

Quotes

W. Daingerfield Phelps III: I can hardly wait for my uniform to dry so I can see her.
Sergeant Peter O'Gaffney: Me too!
W. Daingerfield Phelps III: One flash at that pan of yours, and she'll yell for Allah!
Sergeant Peter O'Gaffney: I've had more broads yell for me than you and this guy Allah put together!
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Brilliant
16 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

TCM came through by acquiring this wonderful, silent, comedy/drama for television. Until recently it had been locked away in an achieve somewhere. It premiered on TV for the 1st time since its theatrical release in 1927. Two Americans fighting in World War I (William Boyd and Louis Wolheim) are hiding in a defensive position with German soldiers advancing. They however are fighting with each other and working the nerve of one-an-other. They of course are caught, but after an inventive escape they are taken on a whirlwind adventure in Arabia, with all the humor you might find in an Abbott and Costello movie. Very funny and sometimes even touching. A great silent picture and winner of an Academy Award for "Best Comedy Direction". Directed by Lewis Milestone.


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