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Operation Snatch (1962)

| Comedy, War | March 1962 (UK)
Legend has it that if the famous Barbary Apes leave the Rock of Gibraltar, it's a sign that the British will lose control of it. During World War II, a British officer is put in charge of ... See full summary »

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Robert Day
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Credited cast:
Terry-Thomas ... Lt. 'Piggy' Wigg
George Sanders ... Maj. Hobson
Lionel Jeffries ... Evans
Jocelyn Lane ... Bianca Tabori (as Jackie Lane)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Eden ... Mosquito Pilot
Mario Fabrizi Mario Fabrizi ... Tall Man
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Maj. Frink
Gerard Heinz ... Col. Waldock
Bernard Hunter Bernard Hunter ... Capt. Baker
Dinsdale Landen ... Capt. Wellington
Howard H. Lang Howard H. Lang ... P.T. Sergeant
Angus Lennie ... Vic
Jeremy Lloyd ... Capt. James
John Meillon ... Medical Officer
Warren Mitchell ... Contact Man
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Legend has it that if the famous Barbary Apes leave the Rock of Gibraltar, it's a sign that the British will lose control of it. During World War II, a British officer is put in charge of the apes. When he detects that the animals' morale is slipping, he hatches a plan to go behind the German lines to "kidnap" a new ape for his charges to lift their spirits before the Germans find out about their condition and use it as propaganda. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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For the first time the Rock really rocks with inspired lunacy.

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A very under-rated, nicely produced comedy
12 January 2002 | by quentinsfSee all my reviews

There is a legend that if the barbary apes ever leave the Rock of Gibraltar, the British will be thrown out shortly afterwards. This is the basis for this charming war-time comedy, where Terry- Thomas plays an officer in charge of the apes. When morale amongst them starts to fall, it falls to him to pinch a new companion ape from behind enemy lines to cheer the apes up again before the Germans use the story for propaganda purposes. A funny film with some great characters; it's a real pity it isn't better known. If anyone knows where I can replace our fading copy, please post the information! The video doesn't seem to be available anywhere, sadly.


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