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Private's Progress (1956)

 -  Comedy | War  -  17 February 1956 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ian Carmichael ...
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Peter Jones ...
Arthur Egan
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Sgt. Sutton
Thorley Walters ...
Captain Bootle
Jill Adams ...
Prudence Greenslade
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Private Horrocks
Victor Maddern ...
Private George Blake
Kenneth Griffith ...
Private Dai Jones
George Coulouris ...
Padre (as George Colouris)
Derrick De Marney ...
Pat (as Derrick de Marney)
Ronald Adam ...
Doctor at Medical
Miles Malleson ...
Sally Miles ...
Catherine
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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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Alokas liemessä  »

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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

William Hartnell made a career out of playing tough military NCOs both in films and TV. However in real life he joined the Royal Armoured Corps in WW2 but was invalided out within 18 months due to a nervous breakdown. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hitchcock: Good Lord - Windrush! What on earth are you doing dressed up as a Jerry? You're an absolute bounder.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by I'm All Right Jack (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be an England
(uncredited)
Music by Ross Parker
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Sung in the pub
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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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