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Advance to the Rear (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, War, Western | 1964 (Italy)
A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

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Capt. Jared Heath
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Martha Lou Williams
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Col. Claude Brackenbury
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Gen. Willoughby
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Easy Jenny
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Pvt. Owen Selous
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Cpl. Silas Geary
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Sgt. Beauregard Davis
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Hugo Zattig
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Capt. Queeg
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Thin Elk
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A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

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Comedy | War | Western

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1964 (Italy)  »

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Helden ohne Hosen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "dance hall girls" getting run out of town on the steamboat may have been based on a Civil War incident where the provost marshal in Nashville rounded up all the town's prostitutes and sent them by steamboat to Cincinnati. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes where the cannons fire 30 rounds, some of the cannons fire before their fuses are ignited. See more »

Quotes

Martha Lou: Well aren't you something? First you break into my cabin with that disgusting display of animal lust. Then you accuse me of being a spy. And now all of a sudden, I'm the only girl in the world for you.
Heath: Well that's the way it goes sometimes.
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Company of Cowards
Performed by The New Christy Minstrels
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Comedy Capers - Civil War style!
23 October 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was shown on Turner Classic Movies and in the absence of other reviews, this review is for the film itself, only. It's also known as "Advance In Reverse".

It's not hard to fall into liking this easy-going and ramshackle comedy, which switches easily from knockabout physical humour (with 'assorted' sound effects) to silly dialogue and a general feel that the assorted misfits of this Union regiment just aren't taking their roles that seriously. The story, for what it is has the regiment being sent out of reach of action but still manage to capture a rebel spy, played by Stella Stevens and they all end up in a heap of trouble. A $2 million gold bullion gets in the mix as do some rather "friendly" Indians.

Glenn Ford is easily the most recognisable as the captain and Melvyn Douglas as the Colonel "in charge" and these two string it all together and he's not bad at comic timing or deadpan delivery. He has a romantic fling with Stevens, as all the regiment do (in their dreams!) Destry Rides Again director George Stevens' film is in widescreen and (here) an attractively dark-greened tinged black & white and which runs for 96mins.

The comedy is gentle and clever rather than broad, or crude and the targets are fairly obvious but as it's all fairly sweet it's all a nicely pleasurable watch rather than anything classic or downright hilarious - though the scene where they storm the camp, dressed in long-johns, with boards on their feet down the dry grass slopes, to the soundtrack of a WW2 fighter plane battle is actually really rather humorous!


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