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Using the almost standard plot device of "Madame Behave" with Julian Eltinge and Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," this drag romp puts the he-man hero in a situation where he can only survive by posing as a female. Shakespearean actor La Rue is drafted into WWII and appearing in a camp show in France when the Nazis advance. He will be shot as a spy unless he continues in his female costume. Soon he is trying to escape in the company of randy English schoolgirls. La Rue's enormous charm and just plain likableness (which I have also observed on stage) keeps the endless double entendres good clean fun. For example, amorous Nazi general: "You're all woman and something more!" Danny: "You're right!"
Why is a man in a dress always funny - but a woman in a suit is not? Anyway, this effort by Danny LaRue is wonderful. I stumbled across it many years back, and I loved it. The film takes the "usual" cross-dressing comedy premise and gives it a new twist. How Fred ends up in a dress, and why he must maintain the role are both inventive and well executed. La Rue gives a wonderful performance, and is well supported by a fine cast. The British flavor runs rampant through the film, everything from broad slapstick to subtle wit - something you might not expect from a "bloke in a dress" comedy. And it's fun watching La Rue act uncomfortable in his frocks, when you know darn well he's loving every minute of it! The film is hard to find, but I would recommend searching for it, it's well worth the hunt.
I have a copy of this movie and still can't help laughing when i see it. Danny does as usual a great performance. I RECCOMEND IT!! My wife and I saw Danny on stage in LONDON ENGLAND. The supporting cast in OPERATION FRED were really great. IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO SEE THIS MOVIE BE SURE TO GO.
Hi everyone I was an extra in this movie when part of it was shot in Norfolf and I would like to know where I can get a copy of this film pref on DVD Ray Bull. As an extra in this comedy movie I remember holding a microphone near the right hand shoulder of Walter Gotell (Schmidt) on the rear of a waggon moving off to a prison camp. The camera crew were on a specially modified lorry with cameras on the front of the lorry filming the actual event, of course we were all dressed in army uniforms and I must admit that mine did not fit me one bit. Another instance was when we were all marched out of the château down the steps and onto awaiting lorries. Another was in the theatre watching the performance of Danny La Rue where we smoking cigarettes but had to remove the filters because it was supposed to be filmed in the war.
All the best comedies are British, or written by British writers. This movie was obviously very expensive to produce in its day. Great shame can't buy it on video. Anyone know who has the rights to it now ?
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