Rookies (1927 film)

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Rookies lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed bySam Wood
Written byJoe Farnham
Bryan Morgan
StarringKarl Dane
George K. Arthur
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 30, 1927 (1927-04-30)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Still with Karl Dane and chorus girls.

Rookies is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by Sam Wood and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that starring Karl Dane and George K. Arthur.[1] Because of the popularity of this film, this would be the first of several collaborations between the two actors.[2]


During World War I an entertainer named Greg Lee (Arthur) gets drafted as a private and gets pitted against a tough Drill Sergeant Diggs ( 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 (Day) and the two men find themselves set adrift in a reconnaissance balloon.




A copy of the film is preserved by MGM[3] and a trailer is held by the Library of Congress.[4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: 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, p. 155, c.1978 by The American Film Institute

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