8 January 2008 | boblipton
Freedonia's Going to Peace
A typically good Charley Chase short subject, this one is marred a little by a hasty ending, but getting there is a lot of fun. Armistice has just been declared, and if War is Hell, then getting out of France is even worse, as Sergeant Chase and his squadron first continue fighting a battle with a cow and then, as he is about to leave for New York with Nita Pike, he gets thrown into service to pay back his laundry bill.
Luis Alberni is funnier than usual, as he fails to overlay his Italian accent with a French one, and Chase's two interludes of working off his debt are filled out with a couple of musical numbers: "Mine, All Mine" and a nice little song and dance routine with a push broom to "Sidewalk Sam". It's always a nice bit in a Chase soundie when he sings, since he started his career as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville. Not a great Chase picture but, as usual, it has many great moments.