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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
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Maj. von Steignitz
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Gen. Homer Prentiss
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Lt. Rossano
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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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Meanwhile, Far from the Front  »

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Johnny Haymer's film debut. See more »

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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 »

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Pvt. Harry Frigg: I didn't get captured. I allowed myself to be captured.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997) See more »

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Funny implausible plot, but that's the idea!!
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you want a good light-hearted laugh, this is it. Always looking for the angle, Harry Frigg is CON-MAN #1!!! Who else can be an imprisoned private and then demand to be made a general, and not just a one star either. Paul Newman's facial expressions really make the character come alive. I really liked two scenes in the movie. The first is when the real generals try to decide if he is legit or not and asks Andrew Duggan to join him in the chimney as he describes an incident involving "Ike" while at West Point. The second is when be BREAKS INTO the concentration camp at night, enters the barracks in a German uniform and utters his line with a thick German accent, "Cheese und crackers, something is r-r-rotten in here!!". The plots and sub-plots lead to a very funny film for any age to view.


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