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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 »
User Reviews:
A good, trim, well paced satire brimming with irony See more (63 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'Neil ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Cunard Captain (uncredited)
Ken Stanley ... Cunard Second Officer (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Bird Seller (uncredited)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Marseilles and New York harbor sequences were filmed in Southampton, UK. The presence of the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner there was a lucky coincidence.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The scene when Tully and his men return to Grand Fenwick was obviously shot in segments and pieced together. In the shots of Count Mountjoy and Bentner one can clearly see their breath (condensation) as they are speaking but not in the shots focusing on Tully or the Duchess, indicating that those scenes were shot at a time when the weather was colder.See more »
Quotes:
General Snippet:I warn you, madam - I know the entire Geneva Convention by heart!
Grand Duchess Gloriana:Oh, how nice! You must recite it for me some evening; I play the harpsichord.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Frankie and JohnnySee more »

FAQ

Was this based on a novel?
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Where exactly is Grand Fenwick?
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A good, trim, well paced satire brimming with irony, 10 December 1999
Author: Alain Dominique Marie Gabriel Vaillancourt from Montreal, Canada

This little satire of the cold war has none of the smug reactionary stances that the original novel had. It takes aim at great powers and small no-powers, it skewers democracies (like the US and Britain) and aristocracies (like the grand duchy of Fenwick and Britain) and shows absolutely no mercy.

Done when Peter Sellers was in his "fat boy" period, this well cut little movie has to be placed in context in order to be appreciated fully. 40 years ago the world was quite different, and this movie reminds you of it. See something totally different from the same period, like Rear Window by Hitchcock to get you in the spirit of the times.

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