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Film Daily
17 Oct 1926.
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New York Times
8 Oct 1926
p. 23.
Variety
13 Oct 1927
p. 17.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Better 'Ole, or The Romance of Old Bill by Bruce Bairnsfather and Arthur Eliot (New York, 19 Oct 1918).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 October 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 September 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23073
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Duration(in mins):
97
Length(in feet):
8,469
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Old Bill, a jovial Limey sergeant, discovers that the major of his regiment is a German spy in collusion with Gaspard, the local innkeeper. The spies mistrust him and poison his wine; but it spills and eats a hole in the floor through which Gaspard falls into the cellar. Trying to rescue him, Bill discovers a cote of carrier pigeons. Tipped off by the major, the Germans bomb an opera house where Bill and Alf are performing; they escape, however, in their impersonation of a horse and later pose as German soldiers in a German regiment. Bill manages to get a photograph of the major greeting the German general, but it falls into the hands of Joan, a prisoner of war. Bill is forced to join a German attack against the British, and though he saves his own regiment, he is shot as a German spy. An old friend, however, has substituted blank cartridges for the real ones, and Bill is pardoned when Joan and his friend Bert arrive with the incriminating ... +


Old Bill, a jovial Limey sergeant, discovers that the major of his regiment is a German spy in collusion with Gaspard, the local innkeeper. The spies mistrust him and poison his wine; but it spills and eats a hole in the floor through which Gaspard falls into the cellar. Trying to rescue him, Bill discovers a cote of carrier pigeons. Tipped off by the major, the Germans bomb an opera house where Bill and Alf are performing; they escape, however, in their impersonation of a horse and later pose as German soldiers in a German regiment. Bill manages to get a photograph of the major greeting the German general, but it falls into the hands of Joan, a prisoner of war. Bill is forced to join a German attack against the British, and though he saves his own regiment, he is shot as a German spy. An old friend, however, has substituted blank cartridges for the real ones, and Bill is pardoned when Joan and his friend Bert arrive with the incriminating photograph. +

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Sub-genre:
World War I


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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