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The Lads of the Village
The Lads of the Village

The Lads of the Village 1919


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The Lads of the Village 1919

44 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Lorraine

This cheerful mix of wartime spy drama and comedy sees the returning heroes of a small English village recount their exploits in the war in Mesopotamia. German spies have been using a Peace Society as a front for their nefarious activities (the rotters!), but our stout lads are on to them. They finally rout the blackguards while on active service in the Middle East - or at least the English field that stands in for it! The eponymous lads actually include a lass, who joins up as a nurse.

Directed by

Harry Lorraine


J.H. Lord

Bernard Dudley

Maudie Dunham


Comedy War


Middle Eastern front (WW1) Espionage Victoria Cross World War I


Cinema of WWI




United Kingdom



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