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A Coming-Out Party (1961)

Very Important Person (original title)
A somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits in a German POW camp find their new acerbic fellow prisoner is a key officer who must be got out at all cost.

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Ken Annakin

Writers:

Jack Davies (original screenplay), Henry Blyth (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Ernest Pease KBE FRS / Lt. Farrow RN
Leslie Phillips ... Flying Officer Jimmy Cooper DFC
Stanley Baxter ... 'Jock' Everett / Kommondant Stamfel
Eric Sykes ... Willoughby, Sports Officer
Richard Wattis ... Woodcock, Entertainments Officer
Godfrey Winn Godfrey Winn ... Himself
Colin Gordon ... Briggs
John Le Mesurier ... Piggott, Escape Officer
Norman Bird ... Travers, Senior British Officer
Jeremy Lloyd ... Flt Lt. 'Bonzo' Baines DFC
John Forrest John Forrest ... 'Grassy' Green
Jean Cadell ... Lady Telling Story on TV show - Opening Scene
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... P / O P R Shaw
Ronnie Stevens ... Hankley
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Clynes (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
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Storyline

A somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits in a German POW camp find their new acerbic fellow prisoner is a key officer who must be got out at all cost. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Devilish Humor...And Almost Unbearable Suspense! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

11 September 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coming-Out Party See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jock's quote "We're all doomed..." predates by several years the same words used as the catch-phrase of John Laurie as Private Frazer, another constitutionally pessimistic Scotsman, in Dad's Army (1968), another 1960s comedy about World War 2. See more »

Goofs

When the Times Crossword is first introduced to the prisoners, the clue for 1 Across is stated as "What did Jupiter drop?" However, when Farrow has completed it, we see the 1 Across clue as "Preserve of Fiction" (solution:"ramjam"). Furthermore, the crossword is numbered #4548 whilst the solution to the previous day's crossword = #9547 - the leading "9" having been amended to a "4". See more »

Quotes

Flt Lt. 'Bonzo' Baines DFC: I can't stay long sir, my bra is killing me.
Piggott, Escape Officer: Good grief!
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Connections

Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Music by Marvin Hatley
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Just an average British war film.
17 June 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

James Robertson-Justice plays (Sir Ernest Pease.) an important scientist sent on a bombing mission to see how a raid goes. As we can all guess, the plane is attacked and he parachutes to safety only to be sent to a pow camp,where he takes on the alias of Lt Farrow. When the senior British officer learns who he is, Farrow is helped to escape.

The film is held together by Robertson-Justice, whose performance lifts the film out of the ordinary.


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