Two Arabian Knights ()

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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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W. Daingerfield Phelps III
Sgt. Peter O'Gaffney
The Emir
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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arab on Ship (uncredited)

Directed by

Lewis Milestone

Written by

Wallace Smith ... () and
Cyril Gardner ... ()
Donald McGibney ... (original story)
George Marion Jr. ... (titles)

Produced by

John W. Considine Jr. ... produced under the supervision of
Howard Hughes ... producer (uncredited)
Jeffery Masino ... producer (alternate version 2004)

Music by

Robert Israel

Cinematography by

Tony Gaudio ... (photography) (as Antonio Gaudio)
Joseph H. August ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Douglass Biggs ... film editor (as Douglas Biggs)

Editorial Department

David Block ... telecine: Ascent Media
Alfonso Gomez ... restoration film editor

Art Direction by

William Cameron Menzies

Production Management

Leeds Baxter ... production manager
Walter Mayo ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Nate Watt ... assistant director

Art Department

Casey Roberts ... interior decorator

Sound Department

Karen Eckhoff ... sound engineer
Vladislav Kvapil ... recording director
Vit Muzik ... recording director

Visual Effects by

Jeffery Masino ... digital restoration

Music Department

Robert Israel ... conductor: The Robert Israel Orchestra, Europe / music arranger

Script and Continuity Department

James T. O'Donohoe ... continuity (as James O'Donohue)

Additional Crew

John W. Considine Jr. ... presenter / under the supervision of
Howard Hughes ... presenter
Frank Lunn ... legal services: Rosen, Feig, Conley and Lunn (as Frank M. Lunn)
Ned Mann ... technical direction (as Ned Herbert Mann)


Margaret Bodde ... special thanks
Evans Butterworth ... special thanks
Sean Cameron ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks
Sean Clark ... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film
Patricia Coleman ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Michelle Cooley ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks
Pirro Dollani ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Frank Donner ... special thanks
John F. Gallagher ... special thanks: UNLV Foundation (as John F. Gallagher Ph.D.)
Randy Haberkamp ... special thanks
Tom Karsch ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks
Marty Kearns ... special thanks
Irvin Kershner ... dedicatee: Robert Israel's music
Jeffrey Koep ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (as Jeffrey Koep Ph.D.)
Laneesa Lanier ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Francisco Menéndez ... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film (as Francisco Menendez)
John Novacek ... special thanks
Kevin Orrock ... special thanks
Karin Wright Pena ... special thanks (as Karin Wright)
Brian Peterson ... special thanks
Justin Pettigrew ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks
Susan Ryan ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (as Susan K. Ryan)
David Schmoeller ... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film
Charles Tabesh ... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks
Morgan Tegtow ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Jennifer Vaughan ... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Hart L. Wegner ... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film
Peter Wentzel ... special thanks
Kevin Yates ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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 from drowning. They are both immediately smitten by her, which is why they are so disappointed to learn that she is betrothed in an arranged marriage to the ruthless Shevket Ben Ali. As the two try to reach the safety of an American consulate, they also decide to try and liberate Mirza, which may be more dangerous than fighting in the trenches in the battlefields of France. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Schlachten-Bummler (Germany)
  • Schlachtenbummler (Germany)
  • Hermanos de armas (Spain)
  • Dois Cavaleiros Árabes (Portugal)
  • Flugten til Stambul (Denmark)
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  • 92 min
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Trivia This film was once believed to have been lost. A copy was found in the vaults of producer Howard Hughes, following his death, along with copies of two other "lost" films produced by Hughes - The Racket (1928) and The Mating Call (1928). See more »
Goofs Mirza writes a note, crumples it up, and throws it down to Phelps and O'Gaffney. When Phelps reads it later, the paper is smooth with one crease in it, as if it had been folded. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). 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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