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Director:
Writers:
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won
Plot:
An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I guess that the threat of nuclear annihilation always made for some great comedy with Peter Sellers in multiple roles! See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe

Jean Seberg ... Helen Kokintz

William Hartnell ... Will Buckley
David Kossoff ... Doctor Alfred Kokintz

Leo McKern ... Benter
MacDonald Parke ... General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
Austin Willis ... United States Secretary of Defense
Timothy Bateson ... Roger
Monte Landis ... Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ... Air Raid Warden
Colin Gordon ... BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket ... Pedro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Brown ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Jacques Cey ... Ticket Collector (uncredited)
Charles Clay ... British Ambassador (uncredited)
Henry De Bray ... French Ambassador (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Soviet Ambassador (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Richard Gatehouse ... Mulligan (uncredited)
George Margo ... O'Hara (uncredited)
Lionel Murton ... American General at the Pentagon (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... U.S. Policeman (uncredited)
Robert O'Neill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Cunard Captain (uncredited)
Ken Stanley ... Cunard Second Officer (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Bird Seller (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Leonard Wibberley (novel)

Produced by
Jon Penington .... associate producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Raymond Poulton 
 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup
Joyce James .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Leon Becker .... production supervisor
James H. Ware .... production manager (as James Ware)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Red Law .... sound
Richard Marden .... sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
John Winbolt .... second unit cameraman (as John Wimbolt)
 
Music Department
Edwin Astley .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... titles designed by
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Carl Foreman .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
83 min
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Color:
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Among the musical quotations used by Edwin Astley in the film were excerpts from Felix Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture", "Rule Britannia", "A Life on the Ocean Waves", "Frankie and Johnnie", a number of American marches, including a number of passages from "Our Director" and Astley's own score for "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: General Snippet (MacDonald Parke) is wearing a World War II-era US Army uniform that was abolished in 1956. The Army Green Class A uniform was worn by Army personnel in 1959 (still worn today).See more »
Quotes:
General Snippet:Remember, men, no matter what they do, don't talk.
U.S. Policeman:What if they torture us?
General Snippet:Just don't talk!
U.S. Policeman:Can we scream a little?
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Soundtrack:
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80See more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I guess that the threat of nuclear annihilation always made for some great comedy with Peter Sellers in multiple roles!, 27 September 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Any film buff remembers Peter Sellers playing three roles in the Cold War comedy "Dr. Strangelove". Well, "The Mouse That Roared" was a sort of prequel to that.

A tiny, backwards nation on France's Mediterranean coast has no way of moving forward economically. So, the queen and prime minister (both played by Sellers) make a decision: the country will declare war on the United States, lose, and collect foreign aid. There's just one problem: when they arrive in New York, there's no one around - the threat of nuclear annihilation has driven everyone into hiding. The army decides that this calls for drastic measures - with hilarious results.

Some people might say: "If you've seen one zany comedy, you've seen 'em all." Be that as it may, you've still gotta see "TMTR". It's just so funny. And one scene that's likely to open any teenage boy's eyes is when Peter Sellers walks into Jean Seberg's room and she's...well, I won't spoil it for you, but I will assert that it seems like it would have been risqué for 1959. Classic.

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