4.4/10
103
4 user 1 critic

A Soldier's Plaything (1930)

Georgie thinks he has killed Hank. He flees with his pal Tim and ships off to the war in Europe, eventually serving in Germany after armistice. There Georgie falls for Gretchen and promises to marry only if he can right his past mistake.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Viña Delmar (original story), Perry N. Vekroff (screen play) (as Perry Vekroff) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A cowboy arrives in a small town and winds up trying to help a local rancher stop a gang of cattle thieves while romancing a pretty young girl.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Frank Fay, Raquel Torres, Myrna Loy
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Frank Fay, Laura La Plante, Joan Blondell
Bright Lights (1930)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A successful Broadway star ready to retire from her wild career announces her engagement. But her tumultuous past isn't done with her yet.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Frank Fay, Noah Beery
Mammy (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Al Jolson, Lois Moran, Lowell Sherman
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

It is the fifth anniversary of the death of Adolphe Noblet who died in a train wreck. His servant and friends still worship him but don't care much for his wife Sylvaine's second husband ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Frank Fay, James Gleason, Lilyan Tashman
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Noah's Ark (1928)
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Darryl F. Zanuck
Stars: Dolores Costello, George O'Brien, Noah Beery
Doctor X (1932)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy
Comedy | Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
Stars: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Molly Louvain's plans for a respectable marriage with her sweetheart Jimmy fall through so she takes to the road with a two-bit crook and becomes wanted by the police in connection with a high-profile crime.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy, Richard Cromwell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Lyon ... Georgie
Harry Langdon ... Tim
Lotti Loder ... Gretchen
Noah Beery ... Capt. Plover
Fred Kohler ... Hank
Lee Moran ... The Corporal
Marie Astaire ... Lola
Frank Campeau ... Joe
Edit

Storyline

Georgie thinks he has killed Hank. He flees with his pal Tim and ships off to the war in Europe, eventually serving in Germany after armistice. There Georgie falls for Gretchen and promises to marry only if he can right his past mistake.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The big gun comedy of the year unlimbers a sweeping broadside of howls, screams, laughs and roars. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

1 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come Easy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The tune "Forever" which Ben Lyon plays on the piano and sings was later used for the Louis Jordan hit "Just a Gigolo". See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the apartment of Lola Green, she plays a phonograph record on the Victor label but the label is the "scroll" design Victor only started using in 1925, even though the scene takes place in 1917. See more »

Soundtracks

Forever
(uncredited)
Composer unknown"
Played on piano and sung by Ben Lyon with the nightclub band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Langdon shines in otherwise undistinguished early-talkie comedy
12 August 2007 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

I'm rating this as high as I am because Harry Langdon is in it, and because he's hilarious. The common wisdom on Langdon is that his career nose-dived when he fired Frank Capra and took over the direction of his late silents himself, and that he was incapable of adjusting to sound. In an otherwise sympathetic article James Agee made the magnificently patronizing comment on Langdon that "the whole tragedy of the coming of dialogue … can be epitomized in the mere thought of Harry Langdon confronted with a script." The common wisdom is wrong on all counts; there's a marvelously dark strain in Langdon's comedy that he indulged in more after Capra left, and in his earliest talkies (like this one and the flawed but marvelous "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum") he handles the tighter scripting of a talkie quite well. If he isn't as brilliant here as he was in "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" or "The Strong Man" it's because he isn't the star; he's playing comic relief to the relatively dull Ben Lyon, who's really just recycling his role from "Hell's Angels" (and leading lady Lotti Loder is cute and charming but hardly in Jean Harlow's league as a screen presence). "A Soldier's Plaything" is hardly a great movie, and when Langdon isn't on the screen it's either overdirected by the usually more conventional Michael Curtiz (a fight between two characters on a staircase is shot from above) or simply dull. But when Langdon is on screen front and center, it's hilarious.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed