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Wake Me When the War Is Over (1969)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Movie 14 October 1969
During the latter days of WW2 an American Lieutenant (Berry), accidentally falls out of an airplane that he was on and falls into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness (Gabor). She... See full summary »

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Gene Nelson
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Ken Berry ... Lt. Roger Carrington
Eva Gabor ... Baroness Marlene
Werner Klemperer ... Major Erich Mueller
Danielle De Metz ... Eva Klein
Hans Conried ... Professor Herman Erhardt
Jim Backus ... Colonel
Alan Hewitt ... Koenig
Woodrow Parfrey ... Schneider
Parley Baer ... Erhardt's Butler
William Wintersole ... Klaus
Norbert Schiller Norbert Schiller
Jon Cedar ... Flarger
Ben Wright ... Police Officer
Ted Gehring ... German Soldier
Walter Janovitz Walter Janovitz ... Train Conductor (as Walter Janowitz)
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During the latter days of WW2 an American Lieutenant (Berry), accidentally falls out of an airplane that he was on and falls into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness (Gabor). She is taken with him and doesn't want him to leave, so she doesn't tell him that the war has ended. So, for nearly five years he thinks that the war is still going on, and so when he leaves her estate he thinks that he has to do what he can to defeat the Germans, cause he can't find anyone who speaks English or is willing to tell him that the war is over. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Comedy

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

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English

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14 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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There is a Green Acres episode that is based on the premise of this pilot falling out of a plane See more »

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In the final chase scene between the German police and Ken Barry's character (which appears to be under the landmark bridges in Pasadena located not far from the Rose Bowl) several shots reveal palm trees in the background. There are no palm trees in Germany. See more »

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Features The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Best for 60's TV nostalgia buffs only
19 November 2013 | by irishmSee all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure what to think of this one. I wouldn't say it was 'good', but I've got a soft spot for Ken Berry and I got a kick out of the rest of the 1960's vintage cast… it's worth watching if you like that kind of thing. Probably the best of the bunch was Hans Conreid as a psychotic ex-Nazi kindergarten teacher whose curriculum includes teaching five-year-olds to throw grenades in preparation for the next war, which he fully intends for the glorious Fatherland to finally win for a change. Bad taste, yeah probably… but Conreid delivered and I thought his was one of the best performances.

Lots of "Hogan's Heroes" alumni in addition to Werner Klemperer: Jon Cedar and Walter Janowitz, who both had recurring roles on the series appear, as do occasional guest-stars like Woody Parfrey and Parley Baer. (How did John Banner get out of being in this movie, which required so many comic Germans?) I don't recall that Klemperer's character was the mayor, though… could there be some confusion because his troops referred to him as "Herr Major" during the war, which in German is pronounced "my-OR"? The version I saw on streaming had truly terrible, badly-echoing sound in the scenes that took place in the foyer in Gabor's mansion; they could have gotten better quality with two tin cans and a piece of string. Sound was okay in the rest of the film, though.

Five stars for the nostalgia factor and occasional cute bits, but nothing that can be seriously recommended for any other reason. Baby-boomers may enjoy it if their expectations aren't terribly high.


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