It's the Old Army Game

It's the Old Army Game

W.C. Fields
Director: Edward Sutherland Cast: W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields
, Louise Brooks
Louise Brooks
, Blanche Ring
Blanche Ring
Edward Sutherland

DVD (Black & White)

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W.C. Fields' It's the Old Army Game is an expansion on four Fields stage skits, originally performed in the Broadway revue The Comic Supplement. Described in the opening title as "the epic of the American druggist," the story begins late one night, in the apothecary shop of Elmer Prettywillie (Fields) in Ocala, Florida (where the film was location-shot). Aroused from his slumbers by a frantic customer (Elise Cavanna), Elmer discovers that all the woman wants is a two-cent stamp -- which she doesn't pay for. Attempting to mail her letter, the woman inadvertently sets off a fire alarm, which brings the local fire brigade to Elmer's store. The minute they leave, a real fire breaks out, which Elmer has to extinguish himself. Trying to get back to sleep on the back porch of his store, poor Elmer is continually awakened by the sounds of the neighborhood, ranging from a squalling infant to a steady stream of street vendors. After a hectic and typically profitless day behind the counter of his store, Elmer takes his family on a picnic, during which he ends up on the grounds of a Florida estate which he hopes to purchase. Only after nearly wrecking the grounds does Elmer discover that the property is not for sale. Cult figure Louise Brooks, then the wife of director Eddie Sutherland, plays Elmer's counter assistant Marilyn. It's the Old Army Game was remade as It's a Gift (1934) while certain plot elements and gags resurfaced in Fields' talkie 2-reeler The Pharmacist (1932).

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2018
UPC: 0738329212391
Original Release: 1926
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 50,861

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of The W.C. Fields Films; Organ score composed and performed by Ben Model; Mastered in 2k from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
W.C. Fields Eimer Prettywillie
Louise Brooks Mildred Marshall
Blanche Ring Tessie Overholt
William Gaxton George Parker
Mary Foy Sarah Pancoast, Elmer's sister
Mickey Bennett Mickey, his nephew
Elise Cavanna Morning Stamp Customer
John Merton Fireman
Josephine Dunn Society Bather
Jack Luden Society Bather
George Currie Artist

Technical Credits
Edward Sutherland Director,Producer
Tom J. Geraghty Editor,Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky Producer
J. Clarkson Miller Screenwriter
Alvin Wyckoff Cinematographer
Adolph Zukor Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- It's the Old Army Game
1. The Druggist [11:06]
2. Peace & Quiet [8:22]
3. Something in Your Eye [4:51]
4. The Florida Special [3:48]
5. Rush Hour [8:59]
6. Love at First Sight [6:20]
7. Picnic [14:05]
8. Parker's Arrest [5:56]
9. Traffic [4:51]
10. Jumping Jehosaphat [7:18]

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