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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

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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
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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
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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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The film's closing epilogue and dedication states: "To all those who got away this film is most respectfully dedicated". See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hitchcock: As for you Windrush, you're an absolute rotter!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, there is a drawing depicting three officers in the "hear, see & speak no evil" stance with the words "the producers gratefully acknowledge the official cooperation of absolutely nobody. See more »

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Referenced in Rock Rock Rock! (1956) 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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British Service Comedy
27 October 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back when World War II was really going on, the British did not care too much for service comedies in the same way we did watching Bob Hope, or Eddie Bracken, or Abbott&Costello. The fact their island was really being bombed did dampen the sense of humor somewhat. Private's Progress could never have been made back then.

But the British sense of humor came back with a vengeance in the making of this film by the Boulting Brothers. I have to say I truly enjoyed it along with a few favorite British character actors of mine.

One I was not familiar with was Ian Carmichael who plays upper class twit Stanley Windrush who leaves Oxford in answer to his country's call to arms. Though he's quite proper, he's about as qualified for military service as Lou Costello.

He's not Costello though, he's more like a version of Captain Parmenter from F Troop, the perfect dupe for the schemes of others around him. His gullibility is recognized by his uncle Dennis Price and by scheming private Richard Attenborough.

Carmichael and the rest arrive almost at the very end of World War II where Price and Attenborough have hatched a grand plan to steal some of the art treasures the Nazis have originally stolen. Terry-Thomas is in this as well at the start of his brilliant comic career as an officer almost as dumb as Carmichael.

If you're liking the British comedies shown on public television, Private's Progress is definitely your kind of film.


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