IT’S THE OLD ARMY GAME
Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner
(1926, Edward Sutherland) Business is slow for Florida druggist Fields, despite having Louise Brooks as his clerk, with a porch swing nap interrupted by a crying baby — which he then nearly drops off a balcony — but then William Gaxton leases space to sell New York real estate — or is that a con?
"A wonderful film. No need for that distinctive voice with its nasal epithets to attack an audience's risibilities;
Fields could bring the laughs easily with the grace and humor of his movements.
It's the Old Army Game made W.C. Fields an honest-to-goodness movie star."
– Ronald J. Fields, W.C. Fields: A Life on Film
"Fields gets to recreate many of his stage routines, and in a much 'purer' form than in most of his later movies."
– Time Out (London)