Half Shot at Sunrise (1930): Comedy Starring Duo Wheeler & Woolsey and Dorothy Lee

Paul Sloane directed Half Shot at Sunrise, a comedy starring the duo of Wheeler & Woolsey and Dorothy Lee in their fourth film together.

This starring vehicle, a follow-up to The Cuckoos, from a screenplay by Anne Caldwell, James Ashmore Creelman, Ralph Spence, and Fatty Arbuckle, had been tailored to the specific comedic talents of Wheeler and Woolsey.

During World War I, the American Doughboys, Tommy Turner and Gilbert Simpson, are more interested in girls than in military duty. In Paris, they go AWOL in order to follow their pursuits. They alternate between impersonating officers in order to impress the ladies, and avoiding being caught by the police.

The pair accidentally steal the car of Colonel Marshall (their officer), but it leads to Tommy meeting and falling in love with Annette, who unbeknownst to him is the Colonel’s younger daughter.

As the Colonel’s older daughter Eileen is in love with young Lieutenant Jim Reed, he plans to send Reed to the front. However, to get Tommy and Gilbert back in the Colonel’s good graces, Annette and the Colonel’s paramour Olga scheme by stealing the orders and giving them to the boys to carry them to the front.

The two are apprehended by the MPs and brought to Colonel Marshall, who readies the firing squad.  But after the two point out that the “secret papers” they were carrying was actually a love letter from Olga to the married Colonel, he agrees to allow Tommy to marry his daughter Annette and Gilbert to marry Olga.

In the happy ending, the Colonel also consents to the marriage of oldest daughter Eileen and Jim Reed.