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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 overview, first billed only:
Alfred Lynch ...
Horace Pope
Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ...
1st Airman
Harry Locke ...
Eric Barker ...
Viola Keats ...
Peter Sinclair ...
Mr. Pope
Edna Morris ...
Thomas Heathcote ...
Brian Weske ...
Jack Lambert ...
Police Constable
Ticket Collector
Cecil Parker ...
Gr / Cpt Bascombe
Simon Lack ...
Fl / Lt Baldwin


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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Release Date:

27 January 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Snafu  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.66 : 1
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James Bond as you have never seen him before!
22 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A sly cockney (Alfred Lynch) and a rather dim gypsy (Sean Connery) team up during World War II to turn events to their own financial advantage.

Note for pub quiz players. Sean Connery's last role before playing James Bond was this one: playing a thick-as-short-planks Gypsy! Whether the casting people saw this before they gave him the role is open to doubt, but I believe that he plays stupid better than he plays clever. Do you believe that Connery really had a double first and could speak fluent Japanese? Well that is what 007 is supposed to be! But I digress.

This is what I actually like in a cheap and cheerful film. Give us a bit of everything from comedy to drama and keep it rolling along before we get bored. They are not really con men, but fly-by-nights that want to turn everything to their own advantage. Laughable small timers really.

The film changes tone at the end from comedic to dramatic as the twosome have to do a bit of real fighting instead of skiving. Looks a bit out of place, but brings in the twist that was sure to be coming.

Not that great a movie, but star power and character acting keep us involved to the finish. If you give this movie a chance you will probably find that you are in it for the full term. Lots of fun - but only B movie candy floss.

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