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Me and the Colonel (1958)

 -  Comedy | War  -  October 1958 (USA)
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Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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S.L. Jacobowsky
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Colonel Prokoszny (as Curt Jurgens)
Nicole Maurey ...
Suzanne Roualet
Françoise Rosay ...
Madame Bouffier (as Francoise Rosay)
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Szabuniewicz
Martita Hunt ...
Mother Superior
Alexander Scourby ...
Major Von Bergen
Liliane Montevecchi ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
Dr. Szicki (as Ludwig Stossel)
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German Captain (as Gerard Buhr)
Franz Roehn ...
Monsieur Girardin
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Mme. Arle
Clément Harari ...
Man of the Gestapo (as Clement Harari)
Alain Bouvette ...
Rothschild's Chauffeur
Albert Godderis ...
M. Gravat
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Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their competition for the same woman, and together they outwit their pursuers. Written by Nicholas Palmer <76276.2147@compuserve.com>

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Ego kai o syntagmatarhis  »

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The Broadway musical, The Grand Tour, was based on this film. Joel Grey played the Danny Kaye role of S. L. Jacobowsky and 'Ron Holgate' played Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky. Opening at the Palace Theatre in NYC, it ran only 61 performances in 1979. That same year on Broadway, Sweeney Todd, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and They're Playing Our Song also premiered. It is memorable for its lyrics by 'Jerry Herman'. It was up for a Tony Award for best original score, best leading actor in a musical and best featured actor in a musical, winning nothing against such steep competition. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1940, all of Nicole Maurey's hairstyles and costumes are strictly in the 1958 mode. See more »

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Witty presentation of a difficult war era.
22 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I must say, Danny Kaye delivers a very skilful and thoughtful performance as Jacobowsky, and Curt Jurgens is hilarious in his over-the-top display of pompous honor as the military Colonel. In the dangerous and harrowing era of the war it's surprising that any degree of humor could be found in stark situations, but this story does so, and does it well. At times it's downright funny, other times it's delightfully witty, turning life's awkward moments into amusing vignettes. Yet shining throughout is the quality of Kaye's sympathetic character who draws on the inherited wisdom of his people to help him meet one difficulty after another. An excellent story indeed. Thank goodness human nature can still find humor even in life's most dire moments.


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