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A Coming-Out Party (1961)

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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.


Ken Annakin


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




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 ... Self
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)


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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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


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 »


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Surprisingly effective POW comedy/drama
28 October 2005 | by mp47See all my reviews

I've seen a few James Robertson Justice/Leslie Phillips/Stanley Baxter films recently (thanks, Amazon Rental!), such as THE FAST LADY and FATHER CAME TOO, and compared with such absurd and dated fluff this works well. The 'This is Your Life' framing device is simple but neat; Annakin keeps thing moving, without allowing any of his cast to go over the top, even James R-J's role has more depth and less bluster than usual; various comedy stalwarts (Eric Sykes, Richard Wattis, John Le Mesurier) do their thing in ways that make sense in plot terms; Baxter's dual role is brilliantly handled, with tiny adjustments in gait and expression making it quite clear which is which when they appear in the same scenes. Even Leslie Phillips (with the possible exception of Kenneth Connor the most annoying of all the British comic actors of the 50s & 60s) brings something to the party this time. In some ways it stands up better than 'serious' POW stuff like THE WOODEN HORSE.

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Release Date:

11 September 1961 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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