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Private's Progress (1956)

In World War II, a failed British Officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director:

John Boulting

Writers:

Alan Hackney (based on the story by), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Pte. Stanley Windrush
Ronald Adam ... Doctor at Medical
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Mr. Spottiswood (as Henry Longhurst)
Peter Jones ... Arthur Egan
Dennis Price ... Brig. Bertram Tracepurcel
Miles Malleson ... Mr. Windrush Snr.
Sally Miles Sally Miles ... Catherine
David King-Wood David King-Wood ... Gerald
Derrick De Marney ... Pat
William Hartnell ... Sgt. Sutton
Brian Oulton ... M.O. at Gravestone Camp
Michael Trubshawe ... Col. Fanshawe
John Le Mesurier ... Psychiatrist
Jill Adams ... Prudence Greenslade
Terry-Thomas ... Major Hitchcock
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Storyline

Stanley Windrush has to interrupt his university education when he is called up towards the end of the war. He quickly proves himself not to be officer material. This leads him to meets up with wily Private Cox who knows exactly how all the scams work in the confused world of the British Army. And Stanley's brigadier War Office uncle seems to be up to something more than a bit shady too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The film that is respectfully dedicated to all those who got away with it ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Private's Progress See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) (1957)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to playing a German Officer in this movie (mostly speaking in English), Sir Christopher Lee dubbed the voice of the Dennis Price character in the scenes where he is speaking in German. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Egan: Look Stanley, the British army isn't run by a lot of idiots you know.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: "To all those who got away with it, this film is most respectfully dedicated." See more »

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Featured in The Long Day Closes (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be an England
(uncredited)
Music by Ross Parker
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Sung in the pub
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A nicely executed and very funny satire
14 July 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"Private's Progress" was the first of the Boulting Brothers' anti-establishment satires, (this time it was the army getting it), and over the years it has built up something of a reputation. It's also very funny, (more 'Private Eye' than 'Punch'), and much more cynical than other British comedies of the time. It introduced us to Ian Carmichael's character Stanley Windrush, the perpetual innocent abroad in a world of charlatans and n'er-do-wells beautifully represented by the likes of Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price and, best of all, the great Terry-Thomas. They are all great company and other familiar faces in the cast include Ian Bannen, William Hartnell, Kenneth Griffith and Christopher Lee. It would take the Americans several years to catch up.


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