Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yankee Doodle Wears A Dress

yankee-doodle-in-berlin---1919---bothwell_browne-101110 I tired quickly watching the country and western music award show last night, so I perused the competing television fare and discovered a 1919 silent film on Turner Classic Movies. Titled Yankee Doodle in Berlin, its description read "A U.S. spy infiltrates the German Army disguised as a woman."

I was intrigued.

The film starred Bothwell Browne.

That name rang a bell, so I looked him up and, voila!, Mr. Browne was "a noted theatrical female impersonator at the top of his profession when this movie was filmed," according to IMDB.

I decided to watch the film, which turned out to be a farcical romp.

Mr. Browne's femulation was excellent (see photo). Despite his flat-chested female presentation, he definitely passed.


  1. Stana's eagle eyes strike again! I think the flat-chested look was much in vogue in 1919, so I'm not sure that wasn't intentional.

    Have you seen these photos of Bothwell Browne on the New York Public Library's website?

  2. I wonder if the flat chest was to not draw attention to "the male with the bosom". This was a time when ankles were hidden!

    "In olden days a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking Now heaven knows
    Anything goes"