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While Nero Fiddled (1944)

Fiddlers Three (original title)
A pair of Jolly Jack Tars on shore leave take a Wren (lady sailor) to Stonehenge and get caught in a time warp finishing up in ancient Rome.

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Complete credited cast:
Tommy Trinder ...
Frances Day ...
Sonnie Hale ...
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Diana Decker ...
Lydia
Elisabeth Welch ...
Nora
Mary Clare ...
Ernest Milton ...
Titus
Frederick Piper ...
Auctioneer
Robert Wyndham ...
Lionkeeper
Russell Thorndike ...
High Priest
Danny Green ...
Lictor
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Centurion of the 8th legion
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Storyline

Two sailors and a Wren (the UK version of an American W.A.V.E.) are struck by lightning in Stonehenge and transported back to the first century and the court of the Roman emperor. There, they run afoul of Nero, who is about to have them beheaded when they remember and predict events in the history of the Roman Empire and are appointed court prophets. Empress Poppaca plies her feminine wiles on one of the sailor, Tommy, and this further complicates an already-delicate situation. Lots of songs, comedy and a cross-dressing masquerade. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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29 April 1946 (USA)  »

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While Nero Fiddled  »

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Trivia

The earliest documented USA telecast of this film occurred Monday 15 October 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Goofs

When struck by lightning at Stonehenge, they arrived in Rome in sailors' uniforms. One year later when struck by lightning in Rome, they arrived at Stonehenge back in uniform; they should have been dressed as Romans. See more »

Quotes

Nero: Delicious debauchery!
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Connections

Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Drums In My Heart
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Diana Morgan
Sung by Elisabeth Welch
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Fantasy, Comedy, and Tommy - what more could you want?
28 April 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A really funny movie, with the central premise of Stonehenge being a time machine really taking this out of the realms of the ordinary wartime comedy films. Trinder is great in this, as he is in everything, but its the cameraderie and the science-fiction aspect that make this a really great film. Watchable again and again.


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