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Private's Progress (1956)

In WW2, a failed British officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ...
Ronald Adam ...
Doctor at Medical
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Mr. Spottiswood (as Henry Longhurst)
Peter Jones ...
Arthur Egan
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Miles Malleson ...
Sally Miles ...
Catherine
David King-Wood ...
Gerald
Derrick De Marney ...
Pat (as Derrick de Marney)
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Sgt. Sutton
Brian Oulton ...
M.O. at Gravestone Camp
Michael Trubshawe ...
Col. Fanshawe
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Psychiatrist
Jill Adams ...
Prudence Greenslade
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Storyline

Stanley Windrush has to interrupt his university education when he is called up towards the end of the war. He quickly proves himself not to be officer material. This leads him to meets up with wily Private Cox who knows exactly how all the scams work in the confused world of the British Army. And Stanley's brigadier War Office uncle seems to be up to something more than a bit shady too. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The film that is respectfully dedicated to all those who got away with it ! See more »

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17 February 1956 (UK)  »

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| (re-issue) (1957)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to playing a German officer in the film (mostly speaking in English), Christopher Lee dubbed the voice of the Dennis Price character in the scenes where he is speaking in German. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Egan: Look Stanley, the British army isn't run by a lot of idiots you know.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: "To all those who got away with it, this film is most respectfully dedicated." See more »

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Featured in The Long Day Closes (1992) See more »

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South of the Border
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Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
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Great prequel
23 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is very underrated and rarely shown on TV.

The premise is simple, and there's nothing wrong with that, especially when it's so funny. Everything about it is as British as fish and chips, so Americans may not appreciate it as much as us, Australians and Kiwis, etc.

The direction, editing, script and acting are spot on. The Boulting Brothers followed this one up with "I'm All Right Jack.", using nearly the entire same cast (playing the same characters), plus Peter Sellers, which was a master stroke. I reckon this is just as good as IARJ. There isn't a dull moment, and it's worth seeing for Terry Thomas and Dennis Price alone. No one says Terry's lines like him, and no one does wily like Price.

What a shower!


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