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The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, War  |  29 February 1968 (USA)
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When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pvt. Harry Frigg
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Countess Francesca De Montefiore
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Gen. Newton Armstrong
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Gen. Roscoe Pennypacker
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Gen. Francis Mayhew
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Gen. Adrian Cox-Roberts
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Col. Enrico Ferrucci
Jacques Roux ...
Gen. Andre Rochambeau
Werner Peters ...
Maj. von Steignitz
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Gen. Homer Prentiss
Fabrizio Mioni ...
Lt. Rossano
Johnny Haymer ...
Sgt. Pozzallo
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Capt. Stanley
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Stockade Commandant
Horst Ebersberg ...
Lt. Gruber
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When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the guard house dozens of times. He is promoted to Major General (2 stars) and ordered to get the generals out once he is captured. Harry is willing to escape, but then he meets the countess ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's not who you con. It's how you do it.

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Comedy | War

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29 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Meanwhile, Far from the Front  »

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Johnny Haymer's film debut. See more »

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Generals Armstrong and Pennypacker wear service branch insignia on the collars of their Class A uniforms. General officers in the US Army, then as now, do not wear such insignia. "General" Frigg's uniform is a correct representation of officers of that high rank. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997) See more »

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An enjoyable, light comedy
10 October 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

I admit this is not the best thing Paul Newman has done. But it's an entertaining little comedy that is charming and quirky in its own special way. There are plenty of familiar faces, particularly if you watched lots of television in the '60's and '70's. A move that's a bit rough around the edges but still well worth watching on it's own merits.


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