|YANKEE DOODLE IN BERLIN (director: Richard Jones; screenwriter: story by Mack Sennett; cinematographers: Fred Jackman/J. R. Lockwood; cast: Marie Prevost (Belgium girl), Bothwell Browne (Captain Bob White), Ford Sterling (The Kaiser), Bert Roach ( Von Hindenburg), Malcolm St. Claire (The Crown Prince), Ben Turpin (A Guardsman), Charles Murray (An Irish-American Soldier), Eva Thatcher (The Kaiserin), Baldy Belmon (Von Tirpitz), Charles Lynn (Prussian Drill LeaderChester Conklin (Officer of Deaths Head Hussars); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mack Sennett; Paramount Pictures; 1919-silent)|
|"Gently pokes fun at the Kaiser's
Germans during World War I."
by Dennis Schwartz
Mack Sennett written comedy directed by Richard
Jones ("Falstaff"). It's a fluff Hun
propaganda film that gently pokes fun at the Kaiser's
Germans during World War I. The Germans are
spoofed as being lousy lovers, the Kaiser is viewed as
a half-wit and the Hun soldiers are depicted as
bumbling as the Keystone Cops. The film's star,
Bothwell Browne, was a renown female impersonator.
This was his only film.
pilot, Captain Bob White (Bothwell Browne),
is sent on a risky mission to steal the Kaiser's war
map for an upcoming offensive of the Allies and is
dropped behind enemy lines. Bob is disguised in female
drag and rescues a mistreated female Belgium prisoner
of the Germans (Marie Prevost). His disguise is so
good that the womanizing Kaiser (Ford
Sterling) flirts with him. Jealousy
abounds when the Kaiser's right-hand man, the Crown
Prince (Malcolm St. Claire), also
flirts with the cross-dresser. When Von Hindenburg (Bert Roach),
of the high command, informs the Kaiser's wife (Eva
Thatcher) about the dalliance,
she goes on the warpath. But the spy is able to
steal the map from the Kaiser's bedroom and get it
to his colleagues in time.
film's big moment is when Captain Bob performs in drag
an Oriental Dance.
humor was from a time long ago when such comedy was in
vogue. Watching it in the present, its comedy eluded
REVIEWED ON 3/21/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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