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Which Way to the Front? (1970)

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Lewis

Writers:

Gerald Gardner (screenplay), Dee Caruso (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Brendan Byers III / Field Marshal Erik Kesselring
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Sid Hackle
John Wood ... Finkel
Steve Franken ... Peter Bland
Willie Davis Willie Davis ... Lincoln
Dack Rambo ... Terry Love
Robert Middleton ... Colonico
Kaye Ballard ... Senora Messina
Harold J. Stone ... General Buck
Paul Winchell ... Schroeder
Sidney Miller ... Hitler
Joe Besser ... Dock Master
Gary Crosby ... SS Guard
Danny Dayton ... Man in Car
Kathleen Freeman ... Bland's Mother
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Storyline

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" for an answer and so a recruits other 4-F's to fight against the Axis powers. Written by Jerry Roberts

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You vill see "Which Way to the Front?" ... und you vill laugh!

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Dónde está el frente? See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credits do not appear until the 18th minute. See more »

Goofs

The entire movie is an anachronism. Set in WW2, people have 1970 hair styles, and clothing. A woman is seen in a mini skirt. See more »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: Did you know that last year more people died from cigarette smoking than from bombings?
Brendan Byers III: What will you do about that, Führer?
Adolf Hitler: Increase the bombings!
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Spoofs The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

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One of the Worst Comedies Ever Made
21 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Which Way to the Front? (1970)

BOMB (out of 4)

Insanely awful film has Jerry Lewis playing Brendan Byers III, the richest man in the world. He gets drafted to join WWII but he fails his physical and becomes a 4-F. When he can't get into the war he decides to start his own Army with various other 4-F's and soon they are going after Hitler.

WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? would turn out to be the last Jerry Lewis film to see a theater for a decade. This here is without question the worst film I've seen from Lewis and it even managed to be worse than his comeback films HARDLY WORKING and CRACKING UP. With three incredibly awful movies, it makes me wonder how bad THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED if Lewis was willing to keep that movie on the shelf yet release these three.

Why did WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? deserve a BOMB rating? I will admit that it's actually better made than many Lewis movies but this film was completely worthless to me because I didn't laugh a single time. Usually Lewis is very forceful in regards to his comedy style but that's not the case here. The comedy is much more laid back but that doesn't mean it's any funnier. The entire film is just very poorly paced and lacks any laughs. In fact, there really wasn't a single scene where it seemed like they were even going for laughs.

I'm really not sure what Lewis and company were thinking when they made this turkey. There's really not a single funny moment throughout the incredibly long 96 minute running time. Just check out the scene where Lewis is messing around with Hitler to see how bad the comedy fails. WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? is without question one of the worst comedies ever made but it does succeed at many many other bad Lewis films appear better than they actually are.


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