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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.

Director:

Harry Watt

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (original screenplay) (as Angus Macphail), Diana Morgan (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Trinder ... Tommy Taylor
Frances Day ... Poppaea
Sonnie Hale ... The Professor
Francis L. Sullivan ... Nero
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Lydia
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Nora
Mary Clare ... Volumnia
Ernest Milton ... Titus
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Auctioneer
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Lionkeeper
Russell Thorndike Russell Thorndike ... High Priest
Danny Green ... Lictor
James Robertson Justice ... 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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Trivia

Kay Kendall's brief early appearance occurs during the orgy scene. She has one line as the woman looking after Tommy on the garden bench, but makes much of her remaining screen time by pulling a succession of faces. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

You Never Can Tell
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Jacobson
Lyrics by Diana Morgan and Robert Hamer
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Fantasy, Comedy, and Tommy - what more could you want?
28 April 2001 | by dfarmbroughSee all my reviews

A really funny movie, with the central premise of Stonehenge being a time machine really taking this out of the realms of the ordinary wartime comedy films. Trinder is great in this, as he is in everything, but its the cameraderie and the science-fiction aspect that make this a really great film. Watchable again and again.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

While Nero Fiddled See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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