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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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Lieutenant Christian
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Captain Lionel Cash
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Captain Oppo
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Gina Romano
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Sergeant Rizzo
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Major Pott
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General Bolt
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Colonel Kastorp
Rico Cattani ...
Benedetto (as Henry Rico Cattani)
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Mayor Romano
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Johnny Seven ...
Vittorio
Art Lewis ...
Needleman
William Bryant ...
Minow (as Bill Bryant)
Kurt Kreuger ...
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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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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

Italian-American actor Jay Novello who plays Mayor Romano, was born as Michael Romano in Chicago in 1904. See more »

Goofs

At minute 70, in the scene of American armored vehicles in a grove, one of the vehicles is an M113 armored personnel carrier. M113's did not go into service in the US Army until 1960. 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 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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laughter IS the best medicine, especially for war
19 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Gen. Sherman said that war is hell, but if he had seen "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?", he would have eaten his words. The movie focuses on an American platoon that captures an Italian village in WWII. The Italians are willing to surrender as long as they can have their festival. This creates a problem for the Americans, who have to look like they're fighting. Meanwhile, one of the commanding officers gets lost in the catacombs and goes crazy.

Dick Shawn displays the same type of wacky humor that he employed in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", and we even get to see Carroll O'Connor, pre-"All in the Family". Perfect.


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