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INTRODUCTION:
It's the Old Army Game is a comedy about a small town druggist who gets involved with a Florida real estate scam. The film still exists and can be found on VHS.


CAST:
W.C. Fields .... Elmer Prettywillie (imdb)
Louise Brooks .... Mildred Marshall
Blanche Ring .... Tessie Overholt
William Gaxton .... George Parker
Mary Foy .... Sarah Pancoast
Mickey Bennett .... Mickey
Josephine Dunn .... Society Bather
Jack Luden .... Society Bather
George Currie .... Artist
Elise Cavanna .... Early morning customer (uncredited)
John Merton .... Fireman (uncredited)

CREDITS:
Studio: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: A. Edward Sutherland (imdb)
Producers: Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
Associate Producer: William LeBaron
Writing Credits: Thomas J. Geraghty and J. Clarkson Miller (screenplay), J.P. McEvoy (story), Ralph Spence (titles)
Format: Silent - black & white
Cinematography: Alvin Wyckoff
Film Editing: Thomas J. Geraghty
Running Time: 7 reels
Release Date: May 25, 1926
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   El boticario rural (Argentina); To je starí hra armády (Czechoslovakia); Un Conte D'Apothicaire (France); El Boticario Rural (Mexico); Pierewaaier pillendraaier (Netherlands); El boticario rural (Spain)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
Elmer Prettywillie, the village druggist, is aroused by a woman who needs a 2-cent stamp in the middle of the night. Seeking again a state of somnolence, Prettywillie must contend with the clamorous collectors of garbage, and with those of his own castle who have caught forty winks and then some. The letter-carrying lady, in trying to post her missive, manages to summon the city’s fire department to the pharmacy, where, unable to find a fire, they sit and sip sodas while Prettywillie panders to their every want. When they leave, a hit of a blaze does erupt, but Prettywillie is forced to his own resources. Meanwhile, George Parker is smitten with Elmer’s buxom assistant and uses the storefront to promote a bogus land deal. The Prettywillie fortune is thus inflated, enabling the purchase of a flivver, but Elmer ends up wrecking a Florida estate and finally the flivver, foiling the schemers and delighting the denizens of the town, whose jubilation Elmer takes for an acute case of distemper.

 

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