Doughboys

Overview

Buster Keaton's second starring talkie finds him cast as wealthy, pampered Elmer, who heads down to the local employment office to hire a new chauffeur. Elmer isn't aware that the office has been converted into a World War I recruiting center, and before he knows it, he's in an ill-fitting uniform, enduring the verbal cannonades of sergeant Ed Brophy. The film's plot is based in part on Keaton's own wartime experiences, notably the bit in which he marches the wrong way and is trammeled by his fellow soldiers. ...
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Overview

Buster Keaton's second starring talkie finds him cast as wealthy, pampered Elmer, who heads down to the local employment office to hire a new chauffeur. Elmer isn't aware that the office has been converted into a World War I recruiting center, and before he knows it, he's in an ill-fitting uniform, enduring the verbal cannonades of sergeant Ed Brophy. The film's plot is based in part on Keaton's own wartime experiences, notably the bit in which he marches the wrong way and is trammeled by his fellow soldiers. Though Buster Keaton considered Doughboys the best of his MGM talkies, the film seems today to be one of his worst efforts, helped not at all by the excruciating performance of Ed Brophy. The best sequence is the camp show, with Buster cavorting in drag and performing a ukulele duet with Cliff Edwards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • UPC: 883316399835
  • Original Release: 1930
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,567

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton Elmer Stuyvesant
Sally Eilers Mary Rogers
Cliff Edwards Cliff Nescopeck
Edward S. Brophy Sgt. Brophy
Victor Potel Svendenburg
Arnold Korff Gustave
Frank Mayo Capt. Scott
Pitzy Katz Abie Cohn
William Steele Lt. Randolph
Ann Sothern Wac
Edward Sedgwick Guggleheimer, Camp Cook
John Carroll Soldier-Singer
Sidney Bracey Recruiter
Technical Credits
Edward Sedgwick Director, Songwriter
Al Boasberg Original Story
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Howard Johnson Songwriter
Buster Keaton Producer
Sidney Lazarus Original Story
Sammy Lee Choreography
Joseph Meyer Songwriter
Richard Schayer Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
William Le Vanway Editor
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