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It’s the Old Army Game (1926)

US 104m, B&W, Silent
Director: A. Edward Sutherland; Cast: W. C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring, William Gaxton, Mary Foy

old_army_gameIt’s the Old Army Game begins as a day in the life of Elmer Prettywillie, the owner of a drug store in Florida, whose customers seem to be more bother than they are worth. Elmer’s fortunes seem to take a turn for the better when a realtor asks if he can use the store to sell New York real estate. Essentially remade into It’s a Gift (1934), this original silent version of one of his most popular films, contains many of the critical elements of Fields’ later work. It also includes an unnecessary romantic subplot featuring a radiant Louise Brooks as his pretty young clerk, who, like Garbo, draws our attention in every scene in which she appears (Klaus Ming January 2015).

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2 comments on “It’s the Old Army Game (1926)

  1. Hoosier X
    01/19/2015

    Where the heck did you see this?!?

    I was lucky enough to see this at the Silent Movie theater in Los Angeles in the 1990s, and I’ve never run across anybody else who’s seen it.

    It was GREAT with a crowd, by the way. The scene where he’s trying to sleep on the porch and the baby (who’s actually a double-jointed midget) keeps bothering him is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in a movie! I was laughing so hard I was sitting on the floor! And I wasn’t the only one. The whole audience was howling!

    A one-of-a-kind movie experience.

    • Klaus
      01/19/2015

      It’s great to see the beginnings of so many Fields’ later comic ideas. A very enjoyable film for sure!.

      I wish i had the opportunity to see silent films in theaters — not much of that going on in my neck of the woods.

      I’m definitely going to search our compilations of Fields’ silent films — now that I know that they are this good — and yeah, the “baby” was creepy!!

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