The Better ’ole
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
B&W : Nine reels / 8469 feet
Directed by Charles F. Reisner
Cast: Sydney Chaplin [Old Bill], Doris Hill [Joan], Harold Goodwin [Bert], Theodore Lorch [Gaspard], Ed Kennedy (Edgar Kennedy) [Corporal Quint], Charles Gerrard [the major], Tom McGuire [the English general], Jack Ackroyd [Alf], Tom Kennedy [blacksmith], Kewpie Morgan [General von Hinden], Arthur Clayton [the colonel]
Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated, production; distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated. / From an adaptation by Charles F. Reisner and Darryl Francis Zanuck (Darryl F. Zanuck) of a play by Bruce Bairnsfather and Arthur Elliot. Assistant director, Sandy Roth. Cinematography by Ed Du Par. Camera assistant, Walter Robinson. / © 4 September 1926 by Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated [LP23073]. Premiered 7 October 1926 in New York, New York. Released 23 October 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system. / The play was previously filmed as The Better ’ole; or, The Romance of Old Bill (1918). / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.0362.
Survival status: Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [incomplete (one reel is presumed lost)].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Early sound film - Synchronized sound film
Listing updated: 16 November 2009.
References: AFI-F2 n. F2.0362; Brownlow-Parade p. 569; Geduld-Birth pp. 147, 149-150; Kerr-Silent pp. 295, 312.
Home video: DVD.