Rookies (film)

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Karl Dane chorus girls 1927.jpg
Still with Karl Dane and chorus girls
Directed by Sam Wood
Written by Joe Farnham
Bryan Morgan
Starring Karl Dane
George K. Arthur
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 30, 1927
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Rookies is a 1927 comedy film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Karl Dane and George K. Arthur.[1]

Set in World War I, an entertainer named Greg Lee, played by George K. Arthur gets drafted as a private and gets pitted against a tough Drill Sergeant Diggs, played by Karl Dane. Private Lee does everything he can to annoy Sergeant Diggs thinking it will get him thrown out of the Army. Both men have their sights set on the pretty Betty Wayne played by Marceline Day and the two men find themselves set adrift in a reconnaissance balloon. Because of the popularity of this film this would be the first of several collaborations between the two actors.[2]

A film preserved by MGM.[3] A trailer exists at the Library of Congress.[4]




  1. ^ Rookies at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Rookies
  4. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress, page 155 c.1978 by The American Film Institute

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