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Wake Me When the War Is Over (1969)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Movie 14 October 1969
During the latter days of WW2 an American Lieutenant (Berry), accidentally falls out of an airplane that he was on and falls into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness (Gabor). She... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Roger Carrington
Baroness Marlene
Mayor Erich Mueller
Eva Klein
Professor Herman Erhardt
Alan Hewitt ...
Erhardt's Butler
William Wintersole ...
Norbert Schiller
Ben Wright ...
Police Officer
Ted Gehring ...
German Soldier
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Train Conductor (as Walter Janowitz)


During the latter days of WW2 an American Lieutenant (Berry), accidentally falls out of an airplane that he was on and falls into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness (Gabor). She is taken with him and doesn't want him to leave, so she doesn't tell him that the war has ended. So, for nearly five years he thinks that the war is still going on, and so when he leaves her estate he thinks that he has to do what he can to defeat the Germans, cause he can't find anyone who speaks English or is willing to tell him that the war is over. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A knock-off....and a rather dim one at that!
12 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A few years before this made for TV movie was made, Alec Guinness, Robert Redford and Mike Connors made "Situation Hopeless...But Not Serious". It was a remake of a 1960 episode of the TV show "Playhouse 90". In this story, two American fliers who are shot down over Germany during WWII are taken prisoner by a very strange German civilian. Instead of turning them in to the authorities, he imprisons them in his house and keeps them there because he likes the company...even though, after a while, the war has ended! He doesn't tell the men this and only after they escape do they suspect something is amiss!

"Wake Me Up When the War Is Over" is pretty much a ripoff of this earlier film as the plots are just too similar to be coincidental...though the cast and style is much more like a 1960s sit-com than the earlier film.

When the film begins, a bumbling idiot, Lt. Carrington (Ken Barry) falls out of his transport plane and he is hidden in the mansion belonging to the Baroness (Eva Gabor). While she obviously is trying to help hide the guy, she also takes full advantage of his now knowing any German and keeps him there even though the war soon ends. She loves him and wants to keep him for herself. She even pays German war vets to dress up and occasionally ransack the place to make him think the war is still going strong. What will happen when the idiot eventually realizes that the war has been over for a long, long time.

While the previous movie had been clever and actually made sense...in an odd way, this film simply makes little sense. Instead of being a normal flier like Connors and Redford, Barry's character is just too dumb to be real. How can he not understand even one word of German or the way the various Germans try to tell him that the war is over?! Requiring such a dim-witted character basically takes a decent idea and spoils it. The presence of other 60s sit- com actors, Gabor ("Green Acres"), Werner Klemperer ("Hogan's Heroes"), Jim Backus ("Gilligan's Island") and Parley Baer ("The Andy Griffith Show") further heightens the slight and rather kookiness of the film---all it's missing is a bad laugh track. Additionally, seeing the character steal a Nazi uniform and running about Germany circa 1950 is a bit grotesque! As a result of these things and its complete lack of originality, I suggest you skip this one unless you are so totally bored you don't have energy to pick up the remote to change the channel!!

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