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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 11 November 1966 (UK)
In World War II, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.

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Blake Edwards

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William Peter Blatty (screenplay), Blake Edwards (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Lt. Christian
Dick Shawn ... Capt. Lionel Cash
Sergio Fantoni ... Capt. Oppo
Giovanna Ralli ... Gina Romano
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Rizzo
Harry Morgan ... Maj. Pott
Carroll O'Connor ... Gen. Bolt
Leon Askin ... Col. Kastorp
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Benedetto (as Henry Rico Cattani)
Jay Novello ... Mayor Romano
Vito Scotti ... Frederico
Johnny Seven ... Vittorio
Art Lewis ... Needleman
William Bryant ... Minow (as Bill Bryant)
Kurt Kreuger ... German Captain
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Storyline

A by-the-book captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the mayor's daughter. Written by Bernard chandler <bernie@nationwide.net>

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Out of world war II comes the savage untold story of The Longest Night ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Qué hiciste tú en la guerra, papá? See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Morgan played Major Potts who becomes comically nonsensical in this movie. In the third season of the TV series MASH, he played essentially the same character as Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele. The episode was "The General Flipped at Dawn", which first aired on September 10, 1974. When McLean Stevenson as Colonel Henry Blake, left the show at the end of the 3rd season, the producers hired Morgan and created a new character, Colonel Potter. See more »

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When the German doctor examines Colonel Kastorp, he says he has been dead about an hour. When the Italians pick him up to take him away, rigor mortis has set in. Rigor mortis doesn't occur until up to 3 or 4 hours after death. It is unlikely that this amount of time occurred between the Colonel's death and the Italians taking him away. See more »

Quotes

Major Pott: [driven mad after being lost in the catacombs for days] Cannon to the right of them! Cannon to the left of them! Volley'd and thunder'd and Donder and Blitzen!
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La carrera del siglo (2013) See more »

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laughter IS the best medicine, especially for war
19 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Gen. Sherman said that war is hell, but if he had seen "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?", he would have eaten his words. The movie focuses on an American platoon that captures an Italian village in WWII. The Italians are willing to surrender as long as they can have their festival. This creates a problem for the Americans, who have to look like they're fighting. Meanwhile, one of the commanding officers gets lost in the catacombs and goes crazy.

Dick Shawn displays the same type of wacky humor that he employed in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", and we even get to see Carroll O'Connor, pre-"All in the Family". Perfect.


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