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Which Way to the Front? (1970)

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Byers III / Field Marshal Erik Kesselring
Jan Murray ...
Sid Hackle
Peter Bland
Willie Davis ...
Terry Love
Senora Messina
General Buck
Sidney Miller ...
Dock Master
Gary Crosby ...
SS Guard
Danny Dayton ...
Man in Car
Bland's Mother


Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" for an answer and so a recruits other 4-F's to fight against the Axis powers. Written by Jerry Roberts

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You vill see "Which Way to the Front?" ... und you vill laugh!


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Release Date:

27 September 1970 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

¿Dónde está el frente?  »

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Final film of Neil Hamilton. See more »


The opening credits say JERRY LEWIS AS "WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT?" See more »


Adolf Hitler: Did you know that last year more people died from cigarette smoking than from bombings?
Brendan Byers III: What will you do about that, Führer?
Adolf Hitler: Increase the bombings!
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Jerry Lewis' Which Way to the Front?
12 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Not since "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" and the "How High" previews

have I laughed so little at something that the film makers thought

would be hysterical.

Jerry Lewis is the richest man in the world. He is rejected as 4-F

by the army, and decides to use his money to raise his own army-

of about half a dozen. He then impersonates a Nazi commander in

Italy, and eventually tries to kill Hitler. That is the description of the

flimsy plot.

This film is as funny as a heart attack. This film makes "Hogan's

Heroes" look like Shakespeare. If the money men of "The

Producers" had really wanted to lose their cash, they should have

shown this film. I cannot stress how bad this thing is.

Lewis' direction consists of two different cameras shooting the

action from two different angles, then being edited together. This

sitcom type of direction works on television, but here it is an

obvious attempt to cheat the audience. He ends most of his

scenes with a still shot, as if giving the viewer a chance to double

over in stitches before going to the next tired set up. I spent most of

the movie doubled over in abdominal agony, accompanied with

severe flatulence, over this thing.

Lewis, the director and producer, sets the film in 1943, but makes

no attempt to use period costumes or sets. Everyone wears the

latest style and has the latest interior design...for 1970. The

supporting cast is lost as Lewis goes off on his patented tangents,

which last as long as major surgery and are just as painful to

watch. When Lewis becomes the Nazi commander, he spends the

last half of the film screaming at the top of his lungs in a

performance so odious as to stink up any good will you try to bring

in at the beginning.

The final embarassing shot has Lewis and his cronies trying to

put one over on the Japanese. They wear buck teeth, squint their

eyes, and talk in a "funny" accent. It may be one of the most

blatantly racist occurrences since the internment camps. I was

slack jawed at what Lewis did through this whole thing, but that put

me over the edge. Watch for Kaye Ballard's very tasteless scene

where she tries to attempt suicide over and over again.

"Star Trek"'s George Takei has two small scenes, then wisely

drops out of the picture. This has less laughs than Mel Brooks' last

three films combined. There is nothing sadder than watching a

formerly respected comedian screw up a project so horribly, you

actually feel ashamed for them. Jim Carrey learned that with "The

Majestic," but Jerry Lewis still shows up on television once in a

while pulling the same unfunny schtick. I feel sorry for him.

"Which Way to the Front?" is cheap, unfunny, offensive, and stupid.

I feel bad for everyone involved, and anyone who must endure this.

I do not recommend it.

Though rated (G), this contains some physical violence, some gun

violence, and some adult situations. If your child shows interest in

seeing this, please consult professional help.

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