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While Nero Fiddled (1944)

Fiddlers Three (original title)
A pair of Jolly Jack Tars on shore leave take a Wren (lady sailor) to Stonehenge and get caught in a time warp finishing up in ancient Rome.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tommy Taylor
... Poppaea
... The Professor
... Nero
Diana Decker ... Lydia
Elisabeth Welch ... Nora
... Volumnia
Ernest Milton ... Titus
Frederick Piper ... Auctioneer
Robert Wyndham ... Lionkeeper
Russell Thorndike ... High Priest
... Lictor
... Centurion of the 8th legion
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Two sailors and a Wren (the UK version of an American W.A.V.E.) are struck by lightning in Stonehenge and transported back to the first century and the court of the Roman emperor. There, they run afoul of Nero, who is about to have them beheaded when they remember and predict events in the history of the Roman Empire and are appointed court prophets. Empress Poppaca plies her feminine wiles on one of the sailor, Tommy, and this further complicates an already-delicate situation. Lots of songs, comedy and a cross-dressing masquerade. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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29 April 1946 (USA)  »

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First film of Alec Mango. See more »

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When struck by lightning at Stonehenge, they arrived in Rome in sailors' uniforms. One year later when struck by lightning in Rome, they arrived at Stonehenge back in uniform; they should have been dressed as Romans. See more »

Quotes

Nero: Delicious debauchery!
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Follows Three Cockeyed Sailors (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Caesar's Wife
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Music by Harry Jacobson
Lyrics by Diana Morgan and Robert Hamer
Sung by Frances Day
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Harry Watts only comedy
18 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Apart from starring in Bitter Springs in 1950 this was Grinders last involvement with Ealing.It is likely that they tried to build him up as their star comedian after they lost George Form by.Grinder was more of a stage comedian where he could ad lib to his hearts content.It is strange to see Harry Watt as the director.Not surprisingly this was his only comedy.It has some rather good musical numbers,the standout being Caesar's wife sung by Frances Day with some rather tissue,for the period,lyrics.It is strange that this was called Fiddlers Three bearing in mind that Sailors Three was released.4 years earlier and there is only one fiddlers,Nero.


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