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Operation Snafu (1961)
"On the Fiddle" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  27 January 1965 (USA)
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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
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Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ...
First 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 ...
Group Capt. Bascombe
Simon Lack ...
Flight 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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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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More interesting than it looks
13 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'On the Fiddle' is OK, and won't let you down on a quiet afternoon. It's more interesting for the fact that it's a comedy war film from the point of view of the average soldier, and the officers who do appear are shown as complete idiots. Nowadays this is a given, but in 1960, when the UK still had conscription, to make a film like this was to take sides in the social changes that were happening. It's a forerunner of 'Kelly's Heroes' on a tiny budget, and it looks like it was fun to make, so you can't judge it too harshly. And there are few better than Sean Connery at buddy movies. In a way, it shows how Bond constrained Connery for the years he did it, and I wish there were more films of the time with him not wearing a toupee or being a psychopathic MCP.


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