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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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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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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

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

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References In Which We Serve (1942) 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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A nicely executed and very funny satire
14 July 2015 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Private's Progress" was the first of the Boulting Brothers' anti-establishment satires, (this time it was the army getting it), and over the years it has built up something of a reputation. It's also very funny, (more 'Private Eye' than 'Punch'), and much more cynical than other British comedies of the time. It introduced us to Ian Carmichael's character Stanley Windrush, the perpetual innocent abroad in a world of charlatans and n'er-do-wells beautifully represented by the likes of Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price and, best of all, the great Terry-Thomas. They are all great company and other familiar faces in the cast include Ian Bannen, William Hartnell, Kenneth Griffith and Christopher Lee. It would take the Americans several years to catch up.


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