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Contemporary sources sometimes spell the film's title as 23 1\2 Hours Leave or Twenty-Three and a Half Hours' Leave. The MPN review erroneously credits John Emerson and Anita Loos with the scenario. Reviewers spelled the last name of the actor playing the mess sergeant as Botiler rather than Boteler. The film was remade in 1937 by Grand National with John G. Blystone directing, James Ellison starring, and Douglas MacLean, who starred in the original, producing. ...

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Contemporary sources sometimes spell the film's title as 23 1\2 Hours Leave or Twenty-Three and a Half Hours' Leave. The MPN review erroneously credits John Emerson and Anita Loos with the scenario. Reviewers spelled the last name of the actor playing the mess sergeant as Botiler rather than Boteler. The film was remade in 1937 by Grand National with John G. Blystone directing, James Ellison starring, and Douglas MacLean, who starred in the original, producing.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
8 Nov 1919
p. 1977
MPN
8 Nov 1919
p. 3502
MPN
13 Nov 1919
p. 4265
MPW
6 Dec 1919
p. 587
New York Times
27 Oct 1919
p. 9
Variety
31 Oct 1919
p. 61
Wid's
2 Nov 1919
p. 5
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Twenty-three and a Half Hours' Leave" by Mary Roberts Rinehart in The Saturday Evening Post (24 Aug 1918).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 November 1919
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Thomas H. Ince
6 October 1919
LP14280
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,838
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Sergeant William Gray's constant practical jokes get him in trouble in the training camp. Although he has no expectation of winning, Gray bets the mess sergeant that he will be invited to breakfast with commanding officer General Dodge. Gray then meets the general's daughter Peggy and they fall in love. When Gray's company is given 23 1\2 hours' leave, he puts on a tailor-made new uniform to meet Peggy. Since this is against army rules, the reviewing officer orders him to remove it. The remainder of the company is also improperly dressed, and they too must remove their uniforms. As they shiver in their underclothes, the men blame Gray for their trouble. Gray escapes, meets Peggy, and manages to capture enemy spies near the camp. The general commends his heroic act and Gray wins the breakfast bet and Peggy as ...

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Sergeant William Gray's constant practical jokes get him in trouble in the training camp. Although he has no expectation of winning, Gray bets the mess sergeant that he will be invited to breakfast with commanding officer General Dodge. Gray then meets the general's daughter Peggy and they fall in love. When Gray's company is given 23 1\2 hours' leave, he puts on a tailor-made new uniform to meet Peggy. Since this is against army rules, the reviewing officer orders him to remove it. The remainder of the company is also improperly dressed, and they too must remove their uniforms. As they shiver in their underclothes, the men blame Gray for their trouble. Gray escapes, meets Peggy, and manages to capture enemy spies near the camp. The general commends his heroic act and Gray wins the breakfast bet and Peggy as well.

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