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Director: Edward Sutherland (Dir)
Release Date:   22 Feb 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: week of 7 Feb 1926
Duration (in feet):   5,555
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Wallace Beery (Riff Swanson)  
    Raymond Hatton (Shorty McGee)  
    Mary Brian (Betty Bartlett-Cooper)  
    Richard Arlen (Percy Brown)  
    Hayden Stevenson (Captain Bartlett-Cooper)  
    Chester Conklin (Scottie)  
    Tom Kennedy (Sergeant)  
    Frances Raymond (Mrs. Bartlett-Cooper)  
    Melbourne MacDowell (Mr. Bartlett-Cooper)  

Summary: Riff Swanson has his pocket picked by light-fingered Shorty McGee and chases him into the Bartlett-Cooper mansion, where Betty Bartlett-Cooper is recruiting soldiers for the war in France. Betty persuades each of them in turn that she loves only him, and they both enlist. They are sent to France and become buddies, distinguishing themselves not at all and spending their time either in the guardhouse or on lunatic patrols in no man's land. After the war they return to the United States in time to see their mutual sweetheart married to Percy Brown, the son of the hardtack king 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Edward Sutherland (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Ethel Doherty (Scr)
  Monte Brice (Adpt)
Photography: Charles Boyle (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the short story "The Spoils of War" by Hugh Wiley in Saturday Evening Post (9 May 1925).
Authors: Hugh Wiley

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 24/2/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP22417

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): France
  Recruiting and enlistment
  World War I


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   14 Feb 1926.   
New York Times   10 Feb 1926   p. 16.
Variety   10 Feb 1926   p. 40.

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