Shoulder Arms (1918)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 8th September 2020, 9:38am
  • England
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OK, not a British film, but the star was, and...............

I don't think there'll be one as early as this again - silent of course of Charlie Chaplin in WW1 making a fool of himself in the army and on the front line, with the usual comic German oafs. Also starred his half brother Syd.

I know there is a big divide of those who think he is comic genius and those film fans who he leaves cold. I sit on the fence, thinking the likes Harold Lloyd, Ben Turpin, Buster Keaton and L&H are far funnier.

The film jumps about a bit with chunks of it seemingly lost, but I did laugh a couple of times, and its only about 40 minutes long.

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Chris Hallam

  • Friday 11th September 2020, 7:12pm
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 504 posts

An odd title. Is it some sort of pun do you think?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 11th September 2020, 11:45pm
  • England
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Quote: Chris Hallam @ 11th September 2020, 7:12 PM

An odd title. Is it some sort of pun do you think?

I think it's a command in the Army drill to place the rifle (the arm) on the shoulder when coming to attention.

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Chris Hallam

  • Saturday 12th September 2020, 9:05am
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 504 posts

Interesting. Thanks.

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Chappers

  • Saturday 12th September 2020, 4:07pm
  • Surreyish., England
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Quote: Chris Hallam @ 11th September 2020, 7:12 PM

An odd title. Is it some sort of pun do you think?

Elbows and wrists!

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DaButt

  • Saturday 12th September 2020, 4:20pm
  • The Lone Star State, United States
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This brings back nightmares from Army basic training.

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Chappers

  • Saturday 12th September 2020, 7:56pm
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Quote: DaButt @ 12th September 2020, 4:20 PM

This brings back nightmares from Army basic training.

That camouflage doesn't work very well. I can still see them.