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Up the Front (1972)

Unrated  |   |  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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Third and final of three Frankie Howerd "Up..." movies following Up Pompeii (1971) and The Chastity Belt (1971). 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 »

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

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Up The Front
(Title Song)
Music by Peter Greenwell
Lyrics by Sid Colin and Ned Sherrin (uncredited)
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"Ramshackle farce."
28 April 2004 | by (Poole, Dorset) – See all my reviews

During WW1, a London boot boy called Lurk (Howerd) is hypnotised to save Britain from the Germans and has their master plan tattooed on his buttocks in order to get the information back to the British.

The second spin-off from the highly successful "UP POMPEII" sitcom is a truly ramshackle farce. It only ever provides faint amusement and the production values are strictly cardboard cut outs as is the direction of Bob Kellet who directed all three of the films spawned by the TV original. The best scene is where Dora Bryan dances with a German officer disguised as a doctor leaving him no choice but to join in with an English patriotic song much to his chagrin.


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