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Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

Behind enemy lines, Captain Bob White disguises himself as a woman in order to fool members of the German High Command, including the Kaiser himself.

Director:

F. Richard Jones (as Richard Jones)

Writer:

Mack Sennett (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bothwell Browne ... Captain Bob White
Ford Sterling ... Kaiser Bill
Malcolm St. Clair ... The Crown Prince Freddy (as Mal St. Clair)
Bert Roach ... Von Hindenburg
Eva Thatcher ... The Kaiserin
Marie Prevost ... A Daughter of Belgium
Ben Turpin ... A Prussian Guardsman
Charles Murray ... An Irish-American Soldier (as Charlie Murray)
Chester Conklin ... Officer of Death's Head Hussars
Heinie Conklin ... Prussian Guard Drill Leader (as Charles Lynn)
Joseph Belmont Joseph Belmont ... Von Tirpitz (as Baldy Belmont)
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Storyline

Captain Bob White, an American aviator is sent on a dangerous mission to Germany to steal the enemy's plans for an expected drive. Bob impersonates a woman in order to entrap the Kaiser whose weakness for women is well known. Bob flirts with the Kaiser, Hindenburg, and the Crown Prince, and each one becomes jealous of the others. Bob lures the Kaiser to his downfall with an Oriental dance. Hindenburg tells the Kaiser's wife that her husband is visiting a woman in her chambers, and the results prove disastrous for all three men. Bob eventually gains the military secrets and the enemy is defeated in time. Written by Pamela Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kaiser's Last Squeal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Crown Prince Freddy: Hindy's picking on me again.
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Rather dull comedy with a political bent
8 December 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

As World War I drew down and the world struggled with the devastating effects of the flu epidemic, Mack Sennett was writing this comedy about the conflict in Europe.

This silent comedy had a target--the Kaiser. An American is sent behind the lines to infiltrate the German Headquarters, which he does in drag. The Kaiser and his entourage are depicted as bumbling fools, beaters of women and cheaters at croquet. They are certainly no match for our "hero", Bob White the dress-wearing representation of American patriotism.

No doubt audiences jeered and hissed when the Kaiser and his immoral scum cronies were on screen and cheered whenever they got their comeuppance. The film even contains some editorial comments written on the footage to cue the audience's animosity.

Portraying the Kaiser as a half-witted monkey makes the Allied enemy seem less that formidable, but the audience must have its laughs. The result is a dated, one-trick film that is interesting as an artifact of the immediate post-war era.


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