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Silent with live musical accompaniment by Makia Matsumura

Winner of the first (and only) Oscar® for Best Comedy Direction at the inaugural Academy Awards® in 1929, Lewis Milestone's quirky buddy caper chronicles the adventures of captured American soldiers Private W. Daingerfield Phelps III (William Boyd) and Sergeant Peter O'Gaffney (Louis Wolheim, later directed by Milestone in ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT) during World War I. Initially at odds, the two prisoners of war bond and plot an escape. After many failed attempts, the pair finally succeed in slipping out in Arab disguise and sneaking onto a cargo ship bound for Arabia, where they both fall for soon-to-be-married beauty Mirza (Mary Astor). DIR/PROD Lewis Milestone; SCR Donald McGibney, Wallace Smith, Cyril Gardner; PROD John W. Considine, Jr., Howard Hughes. U.S., 1927, b&w, 82 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Preserved by the Academy Film Archive

82 Minutes
Romantic comedy


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