Always like to give you a heads up on movies with a WWI theme or connection.  Turner Classics will be showing the 1926 film, “The Better ‘Ole” on Sunday, November 20th.  This is their “Silent Sunday Night” feature, which means it will air at 11:00 p.m. Central Time.

“The Better ‘Ole” is about the adventures of two British soldiers during the war.  The title comes from a scene where they find themselves in a foxhole during heavy shelling and one says they should get out of there.  The other responds, ” If you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it!”

The star of the film is Syd Chaplin, the older brother of Charlie Chaplin.  While it is a comedy, it doesn’t get high ratings, and as I recall, it is a rather average film, but one perhaps only a silent film fan could love.

If you miss it, don’t worry, it airs occasionally on TCM.  In fact, its next showing on TCM is at 7:15 a.m on December 5th.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.