Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Directed by F. Richard Jones

Bothwell Browne .... Captain Bob White
Ford Sterling .... The Kaiser
Malcolm St. Clair .... The Crown Prince
Bert Roach .... Von Hindenburg
Ben Turpin .... A Guardsman
Charles Murray .... An Irish Soldier
Marie Prevost .... A Belgian Girl
Eva Thatcher .... The Kaiserin
Joseph Belmont .... Von Tirpitz
Chester Conklin .... Officer of Death's Head Hussars
Phyllis Haver .... Undetermined Role
Jane Allen - Heinie Conklin - Bobby Dunn
James Finlayson .... German Prison Guard
Eddie Foy- Harry Gribbon - Laurel Lee Hamilton
Harriet Hammond - Frank Hayes - Fanny Kelly
Edgar Kennedy .... German Prison Guard
Tom Kennedy .... American officer
Myrtle Lind - Marvel Rea - Wayland Trask

A funny and stylistically interesting Sennett comedy. Captain Bob White (Bothwell Browne) is ordered into Germany to steal war documents from the Kaiser (Ford Sterling). The captain’ plan? Dress up like an attractive woman to infiltrate the Kaiser’s house.

54 minutes

Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

Stars: Ford Sterling, Ben Turpin, Charlie Murray, Marie Prevost
Director: Richard F. Jones
Runtime: 54 Minutes
Language: English subtitles - Music score
Color:  Black and White
Format:  DVD-R
Extras: The Floorwalker (1917) Chaplin 22 Minutes
Rating: NR
Price: $16.95



starring Bothwell Browne, Ford Sterling, Mal St. Clair and Marie Prevost

March 14, 1919

Bothwell Browne is starred in this five-part Mack Sennett film comedy, "Yankee Doodle in Berlin" which had its initial presentation at the Tivoli, San Francisco, last week. The title infers a war plot. While this is true to an extent, it does not prevail throughout the laughable scenes of the picture.

The entire film deals with the Germans in a comedy vein. Mr. Browne as an American aviator is sent to Germany with instructions to obtain valuable war maps the Kaiser personally possessed.

Browne dons the attire of a woman and proceeds to "vamp" his way into the entire German home of the Hohenzollerns. The scenes showing the rivalry between the Kaiser, Crown Prince and Hindy to win the affection of the female impersonator are sure fire.

The clever satire on the Germans' idea of conducting the war runs throughout the story.

The cast is excellent and well chosen for types. Ford Sterling stands out, and another outstanding feature is "Hindy's" personal body guard, whose brutal comedy is a scream.

The war's ending has little effect on this picture, as the major portion of it was apparently filmed after the signing of the armistice.

The captions and titles are humorous and clever and good for many laughs. As an added attraction six of Sennett's bathing girls appeared in an offering consisting of poses, dances and song.

After the picture was shown, the curtain rose on an oriental setting in which Browne appeared in person and did some of the dances he performed in the picture. Mr. Browne was assisted by the Sennett girls in this.

The picture is full of action and laughs and played to capacity the entire week here at the Tivoli. The appearance of the Sennett bathing girls and Bothwell Browne I person proved a big help in the record business.