Anybody's War (1930)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Moran and Mack was a blackface comedy act of the 1920s, popularly known as the Two Black Crows. They specialized in the sort of cross-talk humor that would later become the domain of white-faced comics Abbott and Costello. In their second feature-length comedy, Anybody's War, M&M play a couple of stupid dogcatchers who are drafted into World War 1. Once overseas, the Two Black Crows help make the world safe for racial stereotypes. Normally, the team of Moran and Mack consisted of George Moran and Charlie Mack, but such was not the case in Anybody's War. George Moran had temporarily deserted the team over monetary matters, compelling Charlie Mack to cast his former partner Bert Swor in the "Moran" part. Assuming that no one would know the difference with that heavy blackface makeup, the team was still billed as Moran and Mack, with nary a mention of Swor in the print ads or the main titles.

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war, army, boot-camp [military], camp, dog, military