WW2 British entertainment troupe bring comedy and chaos to North Africa.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Major Poskett
Bert Bennett
Gay Bennett
Gavin O'Toole
Reginald Beckwith ...
Miss Patch
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Peter Ribston
Patricia Bredin ...
Liz Fraser ...
Una O'Toole
German Major
George Rose ...
Alan Tilvern ...
German Captain
Philo Hauser ...


WW2 British entertainment troupe bring comedy and chaos to North Africa.

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Comedy | War





Release Date:

December 1959 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German armoured car found at the oasis is actually a British-made FV603 Alvis Saracen with extended bodywork to cover the turret. The vehicle was in service with the British army from 1952 until withdrawal in Northern Ireland in 1991. See more »


The film is supposedly set in 1941. When Sid is trying to compose a lyric for Lili Marlene a photo of a footballer is shown attached to the wall. This footballer played for that particular club in the late 50s and early 60s so he could not be playing at the time of the war. See more »


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Quite jolly, really...
29 July 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Desert Mice is not one of the best films ever made, that's for sure, but neither is it quite as bad as it's reputation suggests. The plot, such as it is, concerns a group of army entertainers in the desert during World War Two. That's it. At some point they thwart a German plan. The entertainers themselves are fine. Sid James and Dora Bryan sing cheerful cockney songs, Reginald Beckwith does a magic act, Liz Fraser...well, I've forgotten exactly what she did, but she looked bloody glamorous doing it. An amusing running joke has Sid penning wildly unsuitable lyrics to the tune of 'Lili Marlene', some of which are actually quite funny. No, the problem arises with the nominal leads. Alfred Marks is appalling as a pompous Major, and Patricia Bredin is a total pill as a chanteuse. Now, I've seen Marks play Rattigan and Tennessee Williams on stage (Big Daddy, as it happens) and he was excellent. What happened here? Well, it looked to me that the part was written with someone else in mind. Anyone else would have done, frankly. Best bit? Respectable lady Irene Handl playing the piano in a brothel, all unawares, of course. There's are quick uncredited bit parts for Paul Eddington and Jon Pertwee.

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