High C's (1930)

Run Time - 29 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This Charley Chase talkie was expanded to three reels to include five songs (Chase had a nice singing voice). It's a WWI comedy, and Charley has been stationed in France. He's not as interested in fighting, however, as he is in singing with his pals, the Ranch Boys. His irascible commanding officer (Carlton Griffin) becomes even more annoyed with him when they both fall in love with the same French girl, Antoinette (Thelma Todd). Trouble brews when one of the Ranch Boys is shot in the Adam's apple. This leaves the group without a tenor. When they hear a German yodeling behind the lines, they kidnap him and add him to the group (this results in a German version of "Where Has My Little Dog Gone?"). Eventually the Ranch Boys are transferred, and Charley is unhappy until he hears some singers in a guardhouse. He gives his commanding officer a swift kick, which lands him in the same jail as the group. Last we see of Charley, he is singing a love song to Antoinette from behind bars. This film proved to be so popular, a sequel, Rough Seas, was made the next year.