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Operation Snafu (1961)

On the Fiddle (original title)
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Lynch ...
Horace Pope
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Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ...
1st Airman
Harry Locke ...
Huxtable
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Hixon
Eric Barker ...
Doctor
Viola Keats ...
Sister
Peter Sinclair ...
Mr. Pope
Edna Morris ...
Lil
Thomas Heathcote ...
Sergeant
Brian Weske ...
Corporal
Jack Lambert ...
Police Constable
Cyril Smith ...
Ticket Collector
Cecil Parker ...
Gr / Cpt Bascombe
Simon Lack ...
Fl / Lt Baldwin
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes friends with the easy going but loyal Pedlar Pascoe, who happily goes along with all of his scams in an effort to avoid the front lines and make a bit on the side. However, his scams cause trouble where he goes and there are only so many places he can go before France beckons. Written by bob the moo

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27 January 1965 (USA)  »

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In 1965, at the height of the James Bond craze, American-International Pictures released this movie in the US as "Operation Snafu". The title, as well as the advertising campaign, downplayed the comedic aspects of the film and, by highlighting Sean Connery's appearance (he was second-billed), suggested it was an espionage thriller in the tradition of the 007 films that were then breaking box-office records worldwide. See more »

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Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
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Written by Harry Parr Davies and Phil Park
Performed by Gracie Fields
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Second World War Comedy/Drama Well Acted And Stands Up Well Today.
15 January 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A film that hasn't "dated", a good script and full of all the reliable British actors of the time. Alfred Lynch is superb as the main RAF "spiv" charachter supported by a subdued Sean Connery. The US comparisons with Sgt Bilko are very valid and in the same way that Bilko had the strength in some brilliant minor cast members, so it is with "On the Fiddle". A really good "watch" for Sunday afternoon TV and although there are a few touches of "farce" around it captures the feeling of ordinary Service life towards the end of World War II extremely accurately. Alfred Lynch was a real class British actor who drew brilliantly on his East End background for many of his films. I was sad to hear of his untimely death just before Christmas (2003).


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