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

Approved | | Comedy, War | 11 November 1966 (UK)
In World War II, 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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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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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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Also Known As:

¿Qué hiciste tú en la guerra, papá?  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Sergeant Rizzo: Leave me alone! I'm only a kid!
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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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Needs to be released on DVD
14 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What Did You Do in the War,Daddy? is a great movie that has been neglected for too long. It belongs on DVD for a new generation to enjoy. The story is just as entertaining now as when it first was theatrically released. The characters are timeless. The setting picturesque. The plot and pacing superb. It remains one of the best comedic World War II movies made. Truly a funny movie. It has intelligent humor that does not require gross out jokes to make it funny. It was made back when writing was still an art form and there were still original ideas in Hollywood. It is a must own for all WWII buffs. It is a constant disappointment to see that it is not on DVD, nor that it is "not in the works." Something must be done about it. "To arms!"


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