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The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, War | 29 February 1968 (USA)
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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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. See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was known as " Meanwhile Far From the Front " when first announced in 1967. See more »

Goofs

The signage, both the title on the office door in London and the Dymo tape labels on the generator switches in the German POW camp are of a type that did not come into use until after the war. See more »

Quotes

Col. Enrico Ferrucci: Gentlemen, we have finally received a shipment of ammunition. The guards now have bullets in their guns.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997) See more »

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Fun Paul Newman movie few people have seen...
12 May 2007 | by (Nowhere, Everywhere) – See all my reviews

This was a fun, light comedy with Paul Newman and a number of other familiar faces (Tom Bosley, James Gregory, Jacques Roux, etc).

Newman plays a private promoted to a 2-star general in order to rescue five 1-star generals who have been captured in WWII Italy. There is a haphazard love story that is nonetheless fairly sweet, and several entertaining one-liners that make the movie very enjoyable.

Some stereotypes are a bit heavy-handed, but it's all in good fun and not really offensive to anyone, except maybe Nazis. Too bad for them...

Probably my favourite movie, although not the best I have ever seen. I'd recommend it to anyone.


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