23 and 1/2 Hours Leave (March 21, 1937)
Released on March 21, 1937: (running time 1 hour and 10 minutes) The trouble started when Sergeant Gray bet that he would eat a breakfast of patty cakes with the General within one month.
Produced by Douglas MacLean
Directed by John G. Blystone
Written by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Henry McCarty, Harry Ruskin and Samuel J. Warshawsky
The Actors: James Ellison (Sergeant Robert Gray), Terry Walker (Peggy Markley), Morgan Hill (Tommy), Arthur Lake (Sergeant Turner), Paul Harvey (General Markley), Wally Maher (Sergeant Beans Banning), Andy Andrews (Sergeant Jake Solomon), Murray Alper (Sergeant Schultz), Pat Gleason (Sergeant Squibb), John Kelly (Sergeant Tubbs), Russell Hicks (Captain Barker), Ward Bond (Top Sergeant Burke), Frank Darien (elevator operator), Sam Flint (Chief of Police), Bud Geary (gate sentry), Harrison Greene (J. Brown), George Magrill (waiter, soldier), Jim Mason (army cook), Ivan Miller (Captain Burns), Frank O'Connor (policeman), Jack Pennick (Sergeant Johnson), Harry Tenbrook (stockade Sergeant)
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The Impossible Wager over Patty Cakes
America joined into World War One early in 1917, and by the end of 1918 it was all over. A year later, Thomas Ince, one of the pioneers of moving pictures, filmed a comedy about Army men in training to join the war, and called it “23 ½ Hour’s Leave.” Silent screen actor Douglas MacLean was the leading man. In 1937, twenty years after the story about men in 1917 getting ready to go to war, Douglas MacLean produced the same story that he starred in, but now with sound, and different actors.
James Ellison was chosen to play the part that Douglas MacLean played in the silent version. James Ellison became instantly famous when he took the role of side-kick to a new cowboy hero, Hopalong Cassidy. He acted in the first 8 Hopalong Cassidy adventures, and he was told that he could become the next motion picture superstar in the mold of Gary Cooper.
After filming his eighth Hopalong Cassidy adventure he left that series to make his mark and become a superstar leading man. This is the first film he made after his Hopalong Cassidy days. James Ellison did become fabulously wealthy, possibly wealthier than Gary Cooper or any other superstar, but not because of motion pictures. He began dabbling in real estate during his final movie years, and became a noted real estate developer, building many of the magnificent homes in Beverly Hills, including the homes along Ellison Drive.
In this adventure, James Ellison is a Sergeant who likes to live on the edge of adventure, usually creating and participating in incidents that end up in chaos and trouble with the General. His outfit of good-natured misfits will create havoc on the army base and in town, challenging the ability of the Army to build fighting men out of happy-go-lucky boys. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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