Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927)

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In later years, Myrna Loy would dismiss her participation in Ham and Eggs at the Front as "shameful." Filmed in a far less racially conscious era, the story involves two African American WW I doughboys, played by a pair of white actors in blackface. Ham (Tom Wilson) and Eggs (Heinie Conklin) go AWOL in a French village, where they both fall for dusky beauty Fifi (Myrna Loy, likewise "colored up"). When it turns out that Fifi is a spy for the Germans, our heroes foil her plans. Cast adrift in a balloon, Ham and Eggs redeem themselves by landing behind enemy lines and capturing a German general. Ham and Eggs at the Front was written by Darryl F. Zanuck, who spent the rest of his career doing penance for this racist escapade by producing such anti-prejudice films as Pinky and Gentleman's Agreement.

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AWOL (Absent Without Leave), redemption, soldier, spy