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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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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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Out of world war II comes the savage untold story of The Longest Night ! See more »

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Also Known As:

¿Qué hiciste tú en la guerra, papá?  »

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

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Gina's hairstyle and clothing (including underwear) are of the 1960s, not the 1940s. See more »

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Sergeant Rizzo: Leave me alone! I'm only a kid!
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La carrera del siglo (2013) 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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" If we've already surrendered, what's the reason we can't celebrate with a Festival? "
15 July 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the annals of military history are some of the most serious moments imaginable. However, with this movie, surprisingly written by William Peter Blatty that's the farthest thing from director Blake Edwards's mind. The movie is called " What did you do in the War, Daddy? " From the moment an audience sit's to watch this extraordinary movie, a roller coaster ride of hilarity begins. It's the story of Lionel Cash (Dick Shawn) a seriously dedicated West Point Captain who's been ordered to take an Italian town, by the commanding General (Carroll O'Conner). Entering the small town, he is confronted by Captain Oppo (Sergio Fantoni) the Italian commander who immediately surrenders. However, when Cash attempts to order the Italians out, they balk and demand a Festival as a condition. With a real confrontation threatening to renew the war, Cash's Lieutenant (James Coburn) asks, 'what's the harm?' Thus, this film swings into it's comedic mode and the world war turns upside down. Jovality and a festive atmosphere make this movie a fun feature to watch with almost every changing situation causing humor, hilarity and side-splitting laughter. The cast which includes Aldo Ray, Giovanna Ralli and Henry Morgan do a marvelous job to create a superb Classic. A great film recommended to anyone seeking humor in World War II. ****


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