Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

Comedy | March 1919

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HISTORY

Hiram Abrams was the film's selling agent at the beginning of 1919, but in Mar 1919 Sol Lesser purchased the exclusive rights to the film for the United States and Canada and began selling the film to various territories. Lesser marketed the film as a road show, with several traveling companies each carrying a troupe of the well-known Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties to perform before and after each screening in major cities. The film's lead actor, female impersonator Bothwell Browne, also appeared in person with the film in many cities, performing an Oriental dance with the Sennett Bathing Beauties.
       Following the film's 2 Mar 1919 premiere in San Francisco, the show traveled east gradually and opened in New York on 29 Jun 1919. Modern sources place Phyllis Haver, Juanita Hansen, and Harriet Hammond in the cast, give The Kaiser's Last Squeal as the film's alternate title, and note that the film was eventually re-released as a ... More Less

Hiram Abrams was the film's selling agent at the beginning of 1919, but in Mar 1919 Sol Lesser purchased the exclusive rights to the film for the United States and Canada and began selling the film to various territories. Lesser marketed the film as a road show, with several traveling companies each carrying a troupe of the well-known Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties to perform before and after each screening in major cities. The film's lead actor, female impersonator Bothwell Browne, also appeared in person with the film in many cities, performing an Oriental dance with the Sennett Bathing Beauties.
       Following the film's 2 Mar 1919 premiere in San Francisco, the show traveled east gradually and opened in New York on 29 Jun 1919. Modern sources place Phyllis Haver, Juanita Hansen, and Harriet Hammond in the cast, give The Kaiser's Last Squeal as the film's alternate title, and note that the film was eventually re-released as a two-reeler. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Jul 19
p. 565.
MPN
8 Mar 19
p. 1417.
MPN
12 Jul 19
p. 597.
Variety
23 Feb 19
p. 22.
Variety
14 Mar 19
p. 44.
Wid's
13 Apr 19
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1919
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 2 Mar 1919; New York opening: 29 Jun 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

American aviator Captain Bob White is sent on a dangerous mission to Germany to steal the enemy's plans for an expected drive. Bob disguises himself as a woman in order to entrap the Kaiser whose weakness for women is well known. Bob flirts with the Kaiser, Hindenburg, and the Crown Prince, and each one becomes jealous of the others. Bob lures the Kaiser to his downfall with an Oriental dance. Hindenburg tells the Kaiser's wife that her husband is visiting a woman in her chambers, and the results prove disastrous for all three men. Bob manages to gain the military secrets and the enemy is defeated in ... +


American aviator Captain Bob White is sent on a dangerous mission to Germany to steal the enemy's plans for an expected drive. Bob disguises himself as a woman in order to entrap the Kaiser whose weakness for women is well known. Bob flirts with the Kaiser, Hindenburg, and the Crown Prince, and each one becomes jealous of the others. Bob lures the Kaiser to his downfall with an Oriental dance. Hindenburg tells the Kaiser's wife that her husband is visiting a woman in her chambers, and the results prove disastrous for all three men. Bob manages to gain the military secrets and the enemy is defeated in time. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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