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The Better 'Ole (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, War, Drama | 23 October 1926 (USA)
The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles 'Chuck' Reisner)

Writers:

Bruce Bairnsfather (by), Arthur Eliot (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Syd Chaplin ... Pvt. William 'Old Bill' Busby
Harold Goodwin ... Bert Chester - British Secret Service
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ... Alfie - 'Little Alf'
Edgar Kennedy ... Cpl. Austin (as Ed. Kennedy)
Charles K. Gerrard ... Maj. Russett (as Charles Gerrard)
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The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

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Genres:

Comedy | War | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra é um Buraco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$449,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(alternate)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (music and effects)| Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title, spoken in a Cockney accent, refers to: "The Better Hole" - as in foxhole in World War I. See more »

Quotes

Corporal. Austin: You know it's against the rules to be hollerin' in the trenches!
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Crazy Credits

There was no cast list per se. Some actors were credited by intertitles when they first appeared. Syd Chaplin was credited above the title and his full character name was supplied in an intertitle. See more »

Alternate Versions

The print of the film in the Turner library, and released on DVD through Warner Archive includes the original 1926 Vitaphone music score, with some sound effects and singing. At one point, Harold Goodwin whispers a word to Sydney Chaplin which is also faintly heard. See more »

Connections

Version of Carry On (1919) See more »

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One of the funniest!!!
14 July 2006 | by tgallo-3See all my reviews

Oh my goodness this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. There are scenes I laughed so hard I thought I would burst. Funny throughout.... so sad Syd did not get the acclaim of his half brother...he deserved every bit of it... I was wary of a silent film about war... but I was not disappointed in the least... it is one of those movies one wishes could go on forever...it was so very good... at least if you like Chaplinesque type of slapstick others in the movie were also very funny... If you enjoy slapstick and comedy...if you love old silent films long lost...then you will really enjoy this movie. It is set in France during World War I when German was invading and controlling the country side...the Allies in this movie are the British and the comedy is without limits to nationality.


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