Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pearson ...
Duchy Chamberlain
Alan Howland ...
Duchy Chamberlain


Captain Harry Flashman of the British army is a cad, a coward, and a lecher who always seems to come off inadvertently heroic. While romancing renowned courtesan Lola Montes, Harry is recruited against his will by Otto von Bismarck to substitute for a lookalike Prussian prince ostensibly in order to help Bismarck enlarge his hold over German duchies. But Bismarck has something more sinister in mind for both Harry and the prince. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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October 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El cobarde heroico  »

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Roy Kinnear had his scenes deleted from the final print. He was among around 20 performers that had their performances deleted including some famous actors including Two Dad's Army regulars. See more »


At around 48 minutes, as Flashman and Rudi enter Strackenz, one of the cheering crowd of townspeople can be seen to pull out a compact camera and take a photograph of the procession, before resuming cheering. See more »


[first lines]
Harry Flashman: So, the last thing I have to tell you young fellows is this: play up and play the game, honor your queen and country, mind what your masters tell you, say your prayers each night, keep your minds and your bodies clean, take a cold bath each day, and you'll find you can always look the world in the eye like an English gentleman.
[audience members concurs, muttering "Here, here"]
Harry Flashman: Now my lads, I'm just a simple soldier.
[Audience members murmer objections and so does the headmaster]
Harry Flashman: Yes...
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Spoofs The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) See more »


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Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Ken Thorne
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Royal Flash Is No Flash In The Pan
13 January 2003 | by (The World Of Tomorrow) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite period farces. It's very reminiscent of Adventures of Brigadier Gérard (1970). Malcolm McDowell's performance is brilliant and brazen. With lines like . . . "T'ain't the weapon. T'is the man behind it!", I can't help but be reminded of Rik Mayall's Lord Flashheart. Hooray! Woof!

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