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|It's the Old Army Game|
|Directed by||Eddie Sutherland|
|Written by||Thomas J. Geraghty (scenario)|
J. Clarkson Miller (scenario)
|Story by||Joseph P. McEvoy|
|Based on||The Comic Supplement|
by Joseph P. McEvoy
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
Jesse L. Lasky
William LeBaron (associate producer)
|Starring||W. C. Fields|
|Edited by||Thomas J. Geraghty|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (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. 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.
- W. C. Fields as Elmer Prettywillie
- Louise Brooks as Mildred Marshall
- Blanche Ring as Tessie Overholt
- William Gaxton as George Parker
- Mary Foy as Sarah Pancoast
- Mickey Bennett as Mickey
- Josephine Dunn as Society Bather
- Jack Luden as Society Bather
- George Currie as Artist
- Elise Cavanna as Nearsighted woman (uncredited)
- John Merton as Fireman (uncredited)
- Rose Elliott (uncredited)
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. A few outdoor scenes were filmed in Ocala, Florida and Palm Beach, Florida.
- 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.
- It's the Old Army Game at silentera.com
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
- 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
- Curtis, James (2003). W.C. Fields: A Biography. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 185. ISBN 0-375-40217-9.
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