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The Mouse That Roared
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Director:
Writers:
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won See more »
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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(22 articles)
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Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Stanley Mann Dies at 87
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Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Stanley Mann Dies at 87
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Hansel and Gretel Meet Dr. Strangelove See more (70 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)
Eve Eden ... Spectator (uncredited)

Bill Edwards ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Richard Gatehouse ... Mulligan (uncredited)
Fred Haggerty ... Fenwickian (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... Maybury (uncredited)
George Margo ... O'Hara (uncredited)
Lionel Murton ... American General at the Pentagon (uncredited)

Bill Nagy ... U.S. Policeman (uncredited)
Robert O'Neil ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Cunard Captain (uncredited)
Ken Stanley ... Cunard Second Officer (uncredited)
John Tatum ... American Admiral (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Bird Seller (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) (as Roger Macdougall) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Leonard Wibberley (novel)

Produced by
Jon Penington .... associate producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley 
 
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 .... conductor
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... titles designed by
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Carl Foreman .... presenter (uncredited)
 
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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)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19205) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Columbia previewed the film at two different New York theatres, the Trans-Lux, which was an art house, and Loew's 84th Street, which showed more popular entertainment. Both audiences roared with laughter. As a result, Foreman recalled the prints so the titles could be changed from "High Road presents" to "Carl Foreman presents."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When playing "Diplomacy", one player moves his piece clockwise, the other moves his piece counterclockwise.See more »
Quotes:
Tulley Bascombe:[about the Q-Bomb] How should I carry it?
Professor Alfred Kokintz:Carefully.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80See more »

FAQ

Was this based on a novel?
Who were the Duchess and the Prime Minister based on?
Where exactly is Grand Fenwick?
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Hansel and Gretel Meet Dr. Strangelove, 5 July 2005
Author: robinpoe from United States

This comedy is riotous, ridiculous cold-war satire. Peter Sellers really shines in this comedy gem by playing multiple characters - The Prime Minister Count Montjoy, The Constable of the militia Tully Bascomb, and Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Gloriana! The plot pokes fun at the wrangling of international politics and nuclear arms proliferation in a money-making scheme by the world's smallest country that goes horribly and laughably wrong. This satire leaves nobody unscathed - the Russians, Americans, British, Cinese and French all get jabbed. The action is fast-paced without getting too slapstick. It's not exactly brain-food, but it will leave you snickering.

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