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It's the Old Army Game

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It's the Old Army Game
Directed byEddie Sutherland
Written byThomas J. Geraghty (scenario)
J. Clarkson Miller (scenario)
Story byJoseph P. McEvoy
William LeBaron
Based onThe Comic Supplement
by Joseph P. McEvoy
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
William LeBaron (associate producer)
StarringW. C. Fields
Louise Brooks
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Edited byThomas J. Geraghty
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 24, 1926 (1926-05-24) (US)
Running time
70 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

It's the Old Army Game is a 1926 American silent comedy film starring W. C. Fields and Louise Brooks. The film was directed by Eddie Sutherland and co-stars Sutherland's aunt, the stage actress Blanche Ring in one of her few silent film appearances. The film is based on the revue The Comic Supplement by Joseph P. McEvoy and Fields, and included several skits from Fields' stage plays.[1] The "army game" in the title is in reference to a shell game, a con-trick which Fields’ character observes being played. "It's the old army game" he says, sagely.



The film was shot mainly at Paramount's Astoria Studios facility in Astoria, Queens and in Manhattan, and is preserved complete in the Library of Congress.[2][3][4] A few outdoor scenes were filmed in Ocala, Florida and Palm Beach, Florida.[5]


  1. ^ Louvish, Simon (1997). Man on the Flying Trapeze: The Life and Times of W. C. Fields. New York: W. W. Norton. pp. 244, 273. ISBN 0-393-04127-1.
  2. ^ It's the Old Army Game at
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  4. ^ Catalog of Holdings, The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress page 91 by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  5. ^ Curtis, James (2003). W.C. Fields: A Biography. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 185. ISBN 0-375-40217-9.

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