Cast & Crew
Sergeant William Gray's constant practical jokes get him in trouble in the training camp. Although he has no expectation of winning, Gray bets the mess sergeant that he will be invited to breakfast with commanding officer General Dodge. Gray then meets the general's daughter Peggy and they fall in love. When Gray's company is given 23 12 hours' leave, he puts on a tailor-made new uniform to meet Peggy. Since this is against army rules, the reviewing officer orders him to remove it. The remainder of the company is also improperly dressed, and they too must remove their uniforms. As they shiver in their underclothes, the men blame Gray for their trouble. Gray escapes, meets Peggy, and manages to capture enemy spies near the camp. The general commends his heroic act and Gray wins the breakfast bet and Peggy as well.
Contemporary sources sometimes spell the film's title as 23 12 Hours Leave or Twenty-Three and a Half Hours' Leave. The Motion Picture News review erroneously credits John Emerson and Anita Loos with the scenario. Reviewers spelled the last name of the actor playing the mess sergeant as Botiler rather than Boteler. The film was remade in 1937 by Grand National with John G. Blystone directing, James Ellison starring, and Douglas MacLean, who starred in the original, producing.