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It’s the Old Army Game
Also known as Un conte d’Apothicaire in France
(1926) American
B&W : Seven reels
Directed by Edward Sutherland (Eddie Sutherland)

Cast: W.C. Fields [Elmer Prettywillie], Louise Brooks [Mildred Marshall], Blanche Ring [Tessie Overholt], William Gaxton [George Parker], Mary Foy [Sarah Pancoast], Mickey Bennett [Mickey], Josephine Dunn [society bather], Jack Luden [society bather], George Currie [artist], Elise Cavanna

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Produced by Jesse L. Lasky and Adolph Zukor. Associate producer, eastern studio, William LeBaron. Screen play (scenario) by Tom J. Geraghty (Thomas J. Geraghty) + [J. Clarkson Miller], from a screen story by Joseph P. McEvoy and William Le Baron. Photographed (cinematography) by Alvin Wyckoff. Titled (intertitles) by Ralph Spence. Supervising editor, Tom J. Geraghty (Thomas J. Geraghty). Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 1926 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Released 25 May 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The project was originally announced for Fields and Clara Bow, but she was busy shooting Mantrap (1926). Brooks’ third film. The production was shot at Paramount’s Astoria Studios at Long Island, New York, and on-location in Ocala, Florida, and in Palm Beach, Florida. [?] Paris-Brooks p. 149 lists the scenario writer (or adaptor) as Luther Reed, the source material as Comic Supplement by J.P. McEvoy, and Ring’s role as Tessie Gilch; yet, Paris-Brooks p. 173 lists the scenario writer as Tom Geraghty.


Survival status: Print exists [incomplete 16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Prohibition - USA: Florida: Ocala - USA: Florida: Palm Beach

Listing updated: 18 November 2009.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Dardis-Keaton p. 166; Fields-Fields p. 267; Kerr-Silent pp. 295, 296, 297; Paris-Brooks pp. 142, 145-146, 149-152, 153-154, 155-156, 159, 173, 557; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 141-143 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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