It's the Old Army Game

It's the Old Army Game is a 1926 American silent comedy film starring W. C. Fields and Louise Brooks. The "army game" is the shell game, a con-trick which WC Fields observes being played. "It's the old army game" he says, sagely. The film was directed by A. Edward Sutherland, billed as Eddie Sutherland, and co-stars Sutherland's aunt, the stage actress Blanche Ring in one of her few silent film appearances. The film is based on the revue The Comic Supplement by Joseph P. McEvoy and Fields, and included several skits from Fields' stage plays.[1]

It's the Old Army Game
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
William LeBaron (associate producer)
Written byJ. P. McEvoy (story)
William LeBaron (story)
Thomas J. Geraghty (scenario)
J. Clarkson Miller (scenario)
StarringW. C. Fields
Louise Brooks
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Edited byThomas J. Geraghty
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
May 24, 1926 (premiere)
July 11, 1926 (USA)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

It's the Old Army Game was the fourth film that Louise Brooks appeared in. Sutherland and Brooks married in June 1926, and divorced in June 1928.



The film was shot mainly at Paramount's Astoria Studios facility in Astoria, Queens and in Manhattan, and is preserved complete in the Library of Congress.[2][3][4] A few outdoor scenes were filmed in Ocala, Florida and Palm Beach, Florida.[5]


  1. Louvish, Simon (1997). Man on the Flying Trapeze: The Life and Times of W. C. Fields. New York: W. W. Norton. pp. 244, 273. ISBN 0-393-04127-1.
  2. It's the Old Army Game at
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  4. Catalog of Holdings, The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress page 91 by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  5. Curtis, James (2003). W.C. Fields: A Biography. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 185. ISBN 0-375-40217-9.

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