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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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'YANKEE DOODLE IN BERLIN' Is the Funniest, Jazziest, Shimmiest, Most Daring, astounding, Laugh Producing and Breath Taking Comedy Ever Produced by that Past Master of Film Fun Makers. (Print Ad- Watertown Daily Times, ((Watertown NY)) 5 February 1920)

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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 »

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Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lots of stock shots of Curtiss Jennies (JN-4), clearly not operating in the main US sphere of action in North East France. Several are shown precision bombing German positions apparently 100 miles behind the front line. See more »

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Title Card: Off for Hunland.
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Featured in The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (1975) See more »

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Sennett beats the Kaiser
10 September 2003 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A funny and stylistically interesting feature from the Sennett studio directed by wunderkind Richard Jones. Although his comedies generally featured human-looking comics for Sennett and Roach, as opposed to the grotesques made popular at Keystone, in this one he combines the two styles: the Allies look and act like normal people, but the Germans are in the full grotesque makeup of the earlier films, acting with the exaggerated mannerisms one expects from the Sennett studio. The entire Sennett company is on view here and the jokes are crude, take advantage of the propaganda of the era -- there is a joke about German soldiers capturing a Belgian convent -- and funny.

If you don't know this style of comedy, you may be taken aback by it. If, however, you like this sort of thing -- and I do -- you will have a lot of fun.


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