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      Doughboys

      PG-13 Released Aug 30, 1930 1h 20m Comedy List
      Reviews 40% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Elmer (Buster Keaton) is a privileged and affluent young man who has never wanted for a thing in his whole life. Then he falls for a beautiful USO performer named Mary (Sally Eilers), who finds his lack of concern for his fellow man deeply appalling. After Elmer mistakenly enlists in the military, he is offered a second chance with this lovely lady, though he has some stiff competition in the form of the suave and tough Sgt. Brophy (Edward Brophy). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online ... (Keaton) brings his brand of comic chaos to the front lines of France and manages to turn bad luck into a happy ending in the trench warfare of World War I. Dec 17, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Buster Keaton's second talkie for MGM is a stinker. Rated: C Oct 26, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Oof. This one will test the loyalty of even the most ardent Buster Keaton fan. It's simply awful, and almost as if everyone involved just phoned it in. Most of the gags are lame, and the direction is poor. There was one bright spot, Sally Eilers, who plays the cute girl Keaton's in love with. The scene where she dances in a short skirt, joyfully swishing it up even higher, is easily the highlight of the film. Keaton does have a few nice moments, one of which is shortly thereafter, when he's in drag and dances/wrestles with another guy. Another is on the ship over, when he and the boys improvise a song with a ukulele. It's also cute when he finds himself in the German bunker and runs into his old chauffeur, and as the Germans there are starving, promptly takes their requests for food as if he was a waiter. Unfortunately, between unfunny bits and scenes which feel bottled up or cut short before they can development into anything, there's not much else. It's surprising to me that Keaton felt this was the best of his much-maligned films with MGM, in this difficult period of his life; I thought 'Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath' from the following year was better. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member not one of keaton's best Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It is a terrible shame that this movie was made. Buster Keaton's facial movements, bodily gestures, and other characteristics of his work in silent films shine through far too much. They seem out of place in each scene, and often result in scenes with awkward long pauses, out of place movements (face and body) and some scenes where it just doesn't even make sense what he is doing! The whole film was incredibly long drawn out and laughs were few and far between. Poor Buster Keaton is just lost in this movie. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Elmer (Buster Keaton) is a privileged and affluent young man who has never wanted for a thing in his whole life. Then he falls for a beautiful USO performer named Mary (Sally Eilers), who finds his lack of concern for his fellow man deeply appalling. After Elmer mistakenly enlists in the military, he is offered a second chance with this lovely lady, though he has some stiff competition in the form of the suave and tough Sgt. Brophy (Edward Brophy).
      Director
      Edward Sedgwick
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Rating
      PG-13 (Drug Related References)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 30, 1930, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 28, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 20m
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