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Behind the Front was the first in a series of wartime comedies starring Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton, followed by We're in the Navy Now (1926, see entry) and We're in the Air Now (1927, see entry). By the third film, their characters were simply "Wally" and ... More Less

Behind the Front was the first in a series of wartime comedies starring Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton, followed by We're in the Navy Now (1926, see entry) and We're in the Air Now (1927, see entry). By the third film, their characters were simply "Wally" and "Ray." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 1927
p. 9.
Film Daily
14 Feb 1926.
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New York Times
10 Feb 1926
p. 16.
Variety
10 Feb 1926
p. 40.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Two Soldiers
Release Date:
22 February 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 7 February 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 February 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22417
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,555
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

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 ... +


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 +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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