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The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

 -  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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The Countess's clothing and hairstyles are more of the 1960s than the 1940s. See more »

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Lighthearted and funny wartime film starring Paul Newman and a fine supporting cast.
18 May 2001 | by (Fernandina Beach , Florida) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this film and its similarities with television wartime sitcoms like "Hogan's Heroes" and "Mash". Paul Newman is funny and clever while playing a role that casts him as a underachieving army soldier who ends up being the only hope for several generals who were captured and held prisoners. The supporting cast does an admirable job as well. The film is rated "R" , for what reason I haven't a clue. The movie is tame by todays rating system and contains nothing harsh or unsuitable for younger family members. It is fun and entertaining as long as it is taken lightly.


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