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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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Trivia

Neither side in the Civil War had regiments with companies designated as "Q". Screw-up outfits and misfits were, however called Company Q. See more »

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

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Martha Lou: Do you always just stand calmly by when you see a lady being molested?
Heath: Oh, you'd be surprised how few ladies I've seen molested. Matter of fact, the last time was about 7 years ago.
Martha Lou: Well what did you do then?
Heath: Well,,,,, I uh,,,, I walks over to her an asks if I could be of some assistance, and she just slaps my face, like you did to that fella there. Told me to mind my own business.
Martha Lou: Oh.
Heath: Then this fella she's with, he starts to workin' me over, and between the two of em', they convert me to ...
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Ford scores another deadpan triumph
24 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Advance to the Rear is the last of a string of films that Glenn Ford made with director George Marshall. As an actor/director combination, they don't rate as high as John Wayne/John Ford or Robert DeNiro/Martin Scorsese, but they did turn out a succession of very funny films.

Back at the beginning of Ford's career, Marshall directed him in Texas along with another young star Bill Holden. Than it was almost a decade until they worked together again in one of Ford's best and probably funniest film, The Sheepman.

Ford had not done that much comedy up till then. Marshall took great advantage of Glenn Ford's really great gift for deadpanning some fabulous lines. They did five more films after that and Ford used him in his television series Cade's County. A good director/actor team turning out some great product.

I think George Marshall's not been given his due. He was best at comedy, but could also turn out good westerns. His most noted film, Destry Rides Again is a great blend of both.

Ford is a newly assigned lieutenant in a company that bears a striking resemblance to F Troop. Possibly this film was the inspiration for same. After a major snafu, they are assigned out in the west where it is hoped they cannot do too much damage to the Union cause.

And then it's discovered they are to be protecting a major gold shipment that Confederate guerrilla James Griffith is out to steal. Ford has an additional complication in that he's fallen for Confederate spy Stella Stevens.

You'll have a lot of laughs along the way in seeing if and how all these situations are dealt with. Another performance of note here is Melvyn Douglas as the commanding officer of the company. Douglas, two years past his Oscar for Hud, gets a real change of pace and he looks like he's having a ball playing the bumbling and pompous Colonel Brackenby.

Watch this one and you're in for good afternoon's share of laughs.


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