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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 11 November 1966 (UK)
In WW2, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Christian
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Capt. Lionel Cash
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Capt. Oppo
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Gina Romano
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Sgt. Rizzo
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Maj. Pott
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Gen. Bolt
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Col. Kastorp
Rico Cattani ...
Benedetto (as Henry Rico Cattani)
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Mayor Romano
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Johnny Seven ...
Vittorio
Art Lewis ...
Needleman
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Minow (as Bill Bryant)
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German Captain
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A by-the-book captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the mayor's daughter. Written by Bernard chandler <bernie@nationwide.net>

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The screen dares reveal the best kept secrets of world war II ! See more »

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Comedy | War

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11 November 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué hiciste tú en la guerra, papá?  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jay Novello, who plays Mayor Romano, was born Michael Romano in Chicago in 1904. See more »

Goofs

When the German doctor examines Colonel Kastorp, he says he has been dead about an hour. When the Italians pick him up to take him away, rigor mortis has set in. Rigor mortis doesn't occur until up to 3 or 4 hours after death. It is unlikely that this amount of time occurred between the Colonel's death and the Italians taking him away. See more »

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Major Pott: [driven mad after being lost in the catacombs for days] Cannon to the right of them! Cannon to the left of them! Volley'd and thunder'd and Donder and Blitzen!
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Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

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In the Arms of Love
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Another vote for a DVD version
29 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"What did you do in the war daddy?" is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It rates up there with "It's a Mad Mad Mad World", and "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming", etc. Definitely a laugh out loud movie. I saw it first in Seattle in the 60's with a friend, and it was playing with "..The Russians are coming." Both movies were so hilarious that we stayed and watched them both twice. I was shocked here to read the negative reviews. Perhaps what caused their dislike is why the movie was not as popular as it should have been. I do remember when the Germans arrived, the whole tone of the movie changed. It was a gay hilarious party, and suddenly the war returns. You don't want the fun to end, so you're kind of angry that the writers did this to you. But, if you can tell yourself this IS a 'comedy about war' and accept the change, you will see that the hilarity continues. You will enjoy the end just as much as the beginning. I bought the VHS version years ago when it came out and have to agree to the timelessness of it, it was still hilarious. It needs to come out on DVD!!!


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