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The Old Camp Ground (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 15 March 1935 (USA)
At a Union-Army Civil War prisoner-of-war camp, a group of Union soldiers and their Confederate prisoners engage in a singing contest, each trying to outdo the previous offering.

Director:

William Watson

Writers:

Arthur L. Jarrett (screenplay) (as Arthur Jarrett), William Watson (screenplay)
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Charles Carlile Charles Carlile ... Singer
The Foursome Quartet The Foursome Quartet ... Singers
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At a Union-Army Civil War prisoner-of-war camp, a group of Union soldiers and their Confederate prisoners engage in a singing contest, each trying to outdo the previous offering.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Music | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1935 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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If only they had really fought the Civil War this way!
3 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the US Civil War, approximately 600,000 men were killed--making it by far the bloodiest war in US history. However, in this short, a group of Confederate soldiers are captured and they fight it out...in song! If only this had been done to settle the war in real life--think of the lives that could have been saved! Not surprisingly, it all comes off as a VERY weird concoction! On top of that, you have to adore listening to these hoary old songs--most of which must have been loads of fun to sing A LONG TIME AGO. Today, it just seems odd and dated...and a bit boring. The only thing I really DID like from the short was looking at all the really funny looking fake beards and mustaches. I think they were trying to look the period but mostly it looked like they randomly applied hunks of hair while they were in a pitch-black room! Not particularly enjoyable and very dated. Oddly, it was included in a DVD collection entitled "Great Old Short Subjects" by Alpha Video. I assume 'great' must mean 'free because it's in the public domain'!


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