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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
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Enjoyable war farce; funny, inventive and entertaining
The story is about five World War II Allied Generals who were captured in a Tunisian Turkish bath by the Italians and at once taken to a sumptuous Italian villa that is their prison
The villa is under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Ferrucci (Vito Scotti). The five generals cannot agree on an escape plan General Homer Prentiss (James Gregory) of Army Public Relations decides to enlist the services of Private Frigg (Newman) in arranging the generals' escape Frigg, it seems, is a rebel and consummate escape artist who lands constantly in the stockade and he might well apply his rare skills to release the generals
Frigg is promoted to Major General, and is sent in to lead them out But once at the villa, he falls for the beautiful Contessa (Koscina), and keeps delaying the escape
Newman is amusing as the silly officer who must pass himself off as a cultured general who is too modern and cool in his role
If you are looking for a nice comedy, the film is humorous and, as usual, Sylva Koscina is so lovely to look at
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