A British road repairman gets into a feud with the Army, gets drafted and is mistakenly parachuted into Nazi occupied France where his physical resemblance to the local German commandant triggers a hilarious chain reaction.

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Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
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Lesley Cartland
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Sergeant Loder
Hattie Jacques ...
Gretchen von Schmettering
Brian Worth ...
Henri Le Blanc
Terence Alexander ...
Captain Wharton
John Warwick ...
Colonel Layton
Arnold Bell ...
General Hunt
André Maranne ...
Jean-Claude (as Andre Maranne)
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Jogenkraut
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Captain Ford
Eddie Leslie ...
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Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the clutches of the Sergeant they have just bested. They are sent to France to repair roads in front of the Allied advance but get captured. Norman takes advantage of a useful similarity to impersonate General Schreiber and manages to return a hero. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The news the enemy dreaded - Wisdom's joined the army.

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19 December 1958 (Ireland)  »

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The Square Peg  »

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The dummy that Pitkin stabs and throws on the end of his bayonet moves before he stabs it. See more »

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The Square Peg
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One or two "classic " moments especially the German song
14 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although we don't roar with laughter now , there are some 'classic¬ scenes:- 1. changing step when arrested and the others copy and lose step - quite clever. 2. best of all - the performance of the German lieder with the exaggerated German " Dein ist mein Hertz " - some professional singers roll about at that ! What a fantastic wide mouth. 3. During the scene with Hattie Jacques there is a fine touch of sexual innuendo for brief seconds. 4. No sentimental songs to interrupt the action. 5. His infatuation with Honor Blackman is not over done or carried though to the point of implausibility. So, although this is not his best film, it has one or two memorable, even "classic" moments. Worth watching - if only every 5 years !


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