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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
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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 »
Gina's hairstyle and clothing (including underwear) are of the 1960s, not the 1940s. See more »
I remember watching Blake Edward's (always beware of this word) zany service comedy on NBC 35 years ago and laughing out loud for two thirds of the film.
Then, everything changed. I recollect the basic story--and the army officer losing his mind in the catacombs underneath an Italian town--but all of a sudden, the film got serious and brutal. The whole thing came to a screeching halt when, I think, the Germans arrive to spoil the on-screen party.
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? was such a disappointment. It wasn't until I got quite a bit older that I realized that Edwards was trying to make a statement of some sort with this thing, and his delivery was so heavy-handed, the movie just collapsed.
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