Production Company: United Artists, The Caddo Company
Top Billed Actors: William Boyd, Mary Astor, Louis Wolheim
IMDb Rating: 7.0
*Exclusive Award Winner*
Won 1 Oscar:
Best Director (Comedy) - Lewis Milestone
Plot: Two allied rivals escape from a POW camp and fight for a girl when one soaks the other's pants and one steals the other's pants.
This film is not bad, however. The comedy (often slapstick in nature) between the two leads, William Boyd and Louis Wolheim, made me laugh out loud several times. It is very entertaining to see how each character tries to one up each other by dragging the other one down, especially when Mary Astor's Arabian character enters the film. In the end, the duo decide to fight on the same team (it's not a spoiler if it's obvious) and the comedy is still strong and present. A gag in which the characters play charades to a person they think does not know English is admittedly overused, but is still very funny, especially when Wolheim acts and reacts in the bit.
The story is not without its flaws. The plot is very predictable with the better looking actor, Boyd, courting the lone actress in the film. Wolheim's acting is spotty as well. One scene, he had me chuckling and the next, his facial expressions would be over the top and unbelievable. I understand the nature of silent films necessitate some overacting, but Boyd outshines Wolheim throughout.
Overall, this film is not necessarily a must see, but will still bring about a few laughs. The duo becomes very likeable as the film progresses and the finale in the Arabian palace is very entertaining.
My Score: 7/10