A well-named scout troop, played by a real life pop group, jump through good turn hoops, but keep landing in the soup.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie & The Dreamers ...
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Cuckoo Patrol
Bernie Dwyer ...
Cuckoo Patrol
Derek Quinn ...
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Peter Birrell ...
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Roy Crewdson ...
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Victor Maddern ...
Arthur Mullard ...
Ernest Clark ...
Basil Dignam ...
Michael Brennan ...
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Neil McCarthy ...
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Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Scout Mistress


A well-named scout troop, played by a real life pop group, jump through good turn hoops, but keep landing in the soup.

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16 July 1967 (UK)  »

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Took over two years to get a release at a time when the world moved on very quickly, and Freddie & The Dreamers had been out of the charts for two years. See more »


It Wasn't Me
Music and lyrics by Freddie Garrity, Peter Birrell, Roy Crewdson, Bernie Dwyer, Derek Quinn (as Frederick Garrity and the Dreamers)
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Shamefully poor
29 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A star vehicle for Freddie Garrity - of FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS fame - THE CUCKOO PATROL is an entirely dated and lacklustre comedy centred around a Scout troop and the misadventures they get themselves into. This really is poverty row stuff, with awfully lame jokes and the sight of Garrity mugging and gurning towards the camera all the while. You wonder how on earth a production like this got made or who they were aiming at given the star's five minutes of fame had long since passed.

Still, for fans of cult and/or forgotten films, THE CUCKOO PATROL holds some fun. Kenneth Connor and John Le Mesurier contribute a nice little double act as the thoroughly exasperated scouting superiors and some of the sub-plots are quite fun, like when the Scouts unwittingly aid a criminal gang with their attempt at safecracking. But let's be fair, the quality of the writing is very poor here, and the film as a whole feels like something that came out of the 1930s rather than the late '60s. Victor Maddern gives the best performance as the gang boss.

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