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It's the Old Army Game


Time Out says

In her book Lulu in Hollywood, Louise Brooks recalls this as a chaotic, drunken shoot ('Nobody in Ocala seemed to have heard of Prohibition'), and dismisses her own role as 'the love interest'. She's right: it's a hit-and-miss affair, and her appearance is peripheral. Centre stage is Fields, playing the small town drugstore proprietor Prettywillie. He has ghastly relatives (including an obnoxious infant), never gets an uninterrupted nap, gets dragged into a seemingly crooked real estate deal, and makes a disastrous visit to New York. In short, Fields gets to recreate many of his stage routines, and in a much 'purer' form than in most of his later movies. Remade as It's a Gift.

Release Details

  • Duration:77 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Edward Sutherland
  • Screenwriter:Tom J Geraghty, J Clarkson Miller
  • Cast:
    • WC Fields
    • Louise Brooks
    • Blanche Ring
    • William Gaxton
    • Mary Foy
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