Harry Langdon plays a doughboy who escapes a POW camp while the Germans are “celebrating something or other” and finds himself the last American soldier in Europe. Oh, and he is also the perfect doppelgänger of the nearest king. I smell a Prisoner of Zenda spoof!
The plot is uneven but enough gags land to make this short worth a look. Langdon has his vulnerable comedy persona down pat and I’ll certainly never say no to a sendup of Zenda. A cute little film with some genuine laughs to offer; I enjoyed the heck out of it.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
It’s all a dream, darn it, and Harry is safely back in America.
Availability: The absolute best way to see Soldier Man is on the Harry Langdon Collection: Lost and Found. The set is now out of print but be sure to snatch one up if you see it for a good price. There are also bargain disc releases but I have not viewed them and doubt the quality is up to snuff.
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