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Up the Front (1972)

Unrated | | Comedy | 14 July 1972 (UK)
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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Bill Fraser ...
William Mervyn ...
Lord Twithampton
Linda Gray ...
Lady Twithampton
Jonathan Cecil ...
Nigel / Nigel Phipps Fortescue
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Nicholas Bennett ...
Mallett
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Newsboy
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Cora Crumpington
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Veronica Clifford ...
Velma
Peter Greenwell ...
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Stage Manager
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Recruiting Sgt.
Lance Percival ...
Von Gutz
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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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14 July 1972 (UK)  »

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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 (1972). See more »

Goofs

After the motorcycle with a side car drops off Lurk, it sprays him with mud all over. Next shot the amount of mud on his uniform is less and his face is clean. See more »

Quotes

Vincento: [drunkenly] I will take your breath away.
Lurk: [recoiling] I wish you'd take yours away!
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Spun-off from Up Pompeii! (1969) See more »

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Deutschlandlied
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Written by Joseph Haydn
Played on the gramophone during the scene where the village changes hands
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18 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

By the early 1980s Frankie Howerd's brand of comedy went into serious decline. He was frankly unfunny and it was only in the late 1980s he was re-discovered by young students as a cultish live comic.

Up the Front is an inferior version of the Lurk-a-lot films, a boot boy who ends up fighting Harry Hun in the first world war and ends up having some secret plans tattooed on his butt. He ends up meeting Mata Hari who tries to seduce him for the plans.

The film was co-written by the legendary Eddie Braben but it comes across as a low rent Carry On movie with regular amounts of bawdiness even when they are up the front.

The cast includes Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lance Percival, Dora Bryan, Derek Griffiths, Bill Fraser and they are all too good for this material. Bob Hoskins makes a short early appearance.


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