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Operation Snafu (1961)

On the Fiddle (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 27 January 1965 (USA)
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »

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Cyril Frankel

Writers:

R.F. Delderfield (novel), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Lynch ... Horace Pope
Sean Connery ... Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ... 1st Airman
Harry Locke ... Huxtable
John Le Mesurier ... Hixon
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Doctor
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Sister
Peter Sinclair Peter Sinclair ... Mr. Pope
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Lil
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant
Brian Weske ... Corporal
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Police Constable
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Ticket Collector
Cecil Parker ... Gr / Cpt Bascombe
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Fl / Lt Baldwin
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes friends with the easy going but loyal Pedlar Pascoe, who happily goes along with all of his scams in an effort to avoid the front lines and make a bit on the side. However, his scams cause trouble where he goes and there are only so many places he can go before France beckons. Written by bob the moo

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It's Sean Connery again! Warm lips or hot lead - he's after action not medals! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Snafu See more »

Filming Locations:

Shere, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Sean Connery and Alan King appeared in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes (1971). See more »

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Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

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More interesting than it looks
13 January 2007 | by justincwardSee all my reviews

'On the Fiddle' is OK, and won't let you down on a quiet afternoon. It's more interesting for the fact that it's a comedy war film from the point of view of the average soldier, and the officers who do appear are shown as complete idiots. Nowadays this is a given, but in 1960, when the UK still had conscription, to make a film like this was to take sides in the social changes that were happening. It's a forerunner of 'Kelly's Heroes' on a tiny budget, and it looks like it was fun to make, so you can't judge it too harshly. And there are few better than Sean Connery at buddy movies. In a way, it shows how Bond constrained Connery for the years he did it, and I wish there were more films of the time with him not wearing a toupee or being a psychopathic MCP.


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