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Up the Front (1972)

 -  Comedy  -  July 1972 (UK)
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Frankie Howerd stars in this comedy as a lowly boot-boy who is a terrible coward. He only goes to war in 1914 after he has been hypnotised to 'save England'. With the German master plan ... See full summary »

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Frankie Howerd stars in this comedy as a lowly boot-boy who is a terrible coward. He only goes to war in 1914 after he has been hypnotised to 'save England'. With the German master plan tattooed on his backside (this is the only way he could get the plan back to the British), he goes to the British headquarters, with the Germans in hot pursuit, to try and 'hand over the plans'!!! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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When only Frankie's cheek could save Britain from the Hun

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Kommandosache 'Nackter Po'  »

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When Lurk is trying to write a poem, there are two literary references. He parodies "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke and mentions the novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front", by Erich Maria Remarque. See more »

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When the Sign at Moniques is splattered by mud the N is only partially covered but in the next shot the N is completely covered. See more »

Quotes

Vincento: [drunkenly] I will take your breath away.
Lurk: [recoiling] I wish you'd take yours away!
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Follows Up Pompeii (1971) See more »

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Deutschlandlied
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Haydn
Played on the gramophone during the scene where the village changes hands
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Very Disapointing
16 November 2002 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I read in the "Radio Times" magazine that this film was a WW1 comedy starring comedian Frankie Howerd, I thought it would be very funny, so I decided to sit up and watch it.

Frankie Howerd had just finished playing the slave Lurcio in the comedy series "Up Pompeii", which I thought was very successful. I thought this film would have his usual humor and some good jokes.

Unfortunatly, when it came to watching it, I was very disapointed. It totally wastes Frankie Howerd's comedy talent and even the performance by Zsa Zsa Gabor as Mata Hari couldn't save this.

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