Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Overview

Instead of his usual two-reel format, Mack Sennett made a five-reel, feature-length film to spoof the recently ended World War. The Americans use the Kaiser's penchant for a pretty face to steal some secret plans from him. They disguise one of their captains, Bob Bothwell Browne, as a seductress and send him behind German lines. Not only does Bob in drag impress the Kaiser Ford Sterling, but the Crown Prince Hal St. Clair and Hindenburg Bert Roach are also captivated by "her" charms. The three vie for Bob's ...
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Overview

Instead of his usual two-reel format, Mack Sennett made a five-reel, feature-length film to spoof the recently ended World War. The Americans use the Kaiser's penchant for a pretty face to steal some secret plans from him. They disguise one of their captains, Bob Bothwell Browne, as a seductress and send him behind German lines. Not only does Bob in drag impress the Kaiser Ford Sterling, but the Crown Prince Hal St. Clair and Hindenburg Bert Roach are also captivated by "her" charms. The three vie for Bob's attention, with the Kaiser clearly the favorite, until Mrs. Kaiser catches wind of the proceedings. The Kaiser, nevertheless, slips away to Bob's quarters, where Bob treats him to an Oriental dance. But Hindenburg and the Crown Prince barge in and a melee ensues. Bob makes a hasty exit, gets the plans to his superiors and snatches up a Belgian refugee Marie Prevost as his bride.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Mack Sennett reportedly wrote the screenplay for this five-reel farce starring Danish-born female impersonator Bothwell Browne and featuring, as the evil Huns, most of the resident Keystone comics. As war propaganda, Yankee Doodle in Berlin may have had its purposes -- although the film's release date of May 1919 seems to have made the entire burlesque instantly antiquated -- but a modern audience will in all likelihood be more perplexed than amused. It is, as always, a difficult task recognizing the well-known "Keystoners" behind their usual getups of flyaway brows and gargantuan beards and mustaches; suffice it to say, Ford Sterling plays the Kaiser in the same manner he used to commandeer the Keystone Kops, cross-eyed Ben Turpin is a sentry, and Chester Conklin has a drawn-out battle with Irish POW Charlie Murray and a monkey. Future director Malcolm St. Clair turns up as an extremely indifferent Crown Prince, a limp cigarette constantly dangling from his disdainful moue, and Marie Prevost's pert slave laborer is beaten rather brutally by an unrecognizable comic. As for Bothwell Browne, well, he makes a slightly more feminine man than woman. Despite being road shown on a bill that also featured live performances by the famous Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauties," Yankee Doddle in Berlin went into general release as a two-reel attraction under the title The Kaiser's Last Squeal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • UPC: 089218681690
  • Original Release: 1919
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Sound: silent
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,092

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bothwell Browne Bob Smith
Ford Sterling The Kaiser
Malcolm St. Clair The Crown Prince
Bert Roach Von Hindenburg
Eva Thatcher The Kaiserin
Marie Prevost Belgian girl
Ben Turpin guardsman
Harry "Snub" Pollard another guardsman
Mack Swain adjutant
Joseph Belmont Von Tirpitz
Charlie Murray Irish POW
Charles Lynn general
Phyllis Haver dancer
Juanita Hansen dancer
Harriet Hammond dancer
Maryon Aye dancer
Technical Credits
F. Richard Jones Director
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