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Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 April 1973 (Ireland)
London, 1940. Aspiring jazz musician and future comedy legend Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill, where he begins ... See full summary »


Norman Cohen


Spike Milligan (based on the novel by), Johnny Byrne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Dale ... Spike Milligan
Arthur Lowe ... Maj. Drysdale
Bill Maynard ... Sgt. Ellis
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Bill
Geoffrey Hughes ... Larry
Jim Norton ... Pongo
John Forgeham ... Wally
Robert Longden Robert Longden ... Heavenly
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Edwards
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Anderson
Lionel Guyett Lionel Guyett ... Sutton
David Fennell David Fennell ... Neville
David Belcher David Belcher ... Smith
Windsor Davies ... Sgt. MacKay
Stephen Yardley ... Lt. Martin


London, 1940. Aspiring jazz musician and future comedy legend Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill, where he begins training to take part in the War. But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes. Based on the first volume of Milligan's war memoirs. Written by Anonymous

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After Young Winston - Young Milligan!




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Release Date:

27 April 1973 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Két Balláb az ezredben - avagy hogyan járultam hozzá Hitler bukásához See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spike Milligan was 21 when called up to serve in WW2; however, Jim Dale (I) was 38 when he portrayed Milligan in this film. See more »


The red and blue teams are driving Willys MB Jeeps in 1940. The Willys MB was not manufactured until 1941 and was not used by the British Army until 1942. See more »


Spike Milligan: [Having spent all night on sentry duty, Spike hears footsteps] Halt! Who goes there?
Unseen soldier: [In a broad Yorkshire accent] Adolf Bloody 'itler!
Spike Milligan: Pass... friend.
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References Dad's Army (1968) See more »


It's Gonna Be a Good War
Words and Music by Ed Welch
Sung by Jim Dale
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A slapdash MASH variation, that should have been funnier
9 August 2002 | by allenblankSee all my reviews

I never heard of this film till I saw it's listing in the TV guide. I'm a big Jim Dale fan and love comedian Spike Milligan, so when I swa this movie was based on Spike Milligan's sidesplitting autobiography and that Jim Dale was plying Spike and the wonderfully demented Spike was playing his father I was looking foward to this film, but was very disapointed.

The film is about Spike being drafted into the army at the beginning of WWII and covered his basic training. There are some wonderful set pieces like Spike being conned into fighting a much bigger oppenant and when should have been a sidesplitting war games adventure, but the comic payoffs aren't there. It's like director Norman Cohen was influence by two then recent films, "MASH" and "Oh What A Lovely War", both anti war comic looks at war and what he should have done was a Carry On type of film.

The cast had a lot of potential too, We have Arthur Lowe of Dad's Army playing a similar role as the base Commander. There is also Bill Maynard as the sargent and fellow recruits Tony Selby and "Keeping Up Appearences" Onslow, Geoffrey Hughes but they don't do much with them Lowe who know's his character well comes off best of the supporting cast and Dale is wonderfully demented as Spike, but the film doesn't take off. It's just there, going from one situation to another with very little payoff. Like the potentilly funny scene where Spike and his sargent are being chased by a bull but find out that it's really a cow. The director let's on the joke from the beginning so when Spike and the sarge find out it's just not the belly laugh it should be. The direction and lackluster editing really let them down.

It is a pleasent hour and forty minute diversion, thanks to a fine cast, but what unfulfilled potential this film had.

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