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Up the Front (1972)

Unrated | | Comedy | 14 July 1972 (UK)
Frankie Howerd stars in this comedy as a lowly boot-boy who is a terrible coward. He only goes to war in 1914 after he has been hypnotised to 'save England'. With the German master plan ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Kellett

Writers:

Sid Colin (screenplay), Eddie Braben (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ... Lurk
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Groping
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Lord Twithampton
Linda Gray Linda Gray ... Lady Twithampton
Jonathan Cecil ... Nigel / Nigel Phipps Fortescue
Madeline Smith ... Fanny
Nicholas Bennett Nicholas Bennett ... Mallett
Mike Grady ... Newsboy
Dora Bryan ... Cora Crumpington
Stanley Holloway ... The Great Vincento / Vincento
Veronica Clifford Veronica Clifford ... Velma
Peter Greenwell Peter Greenwell ... Pianist / Accordianiste / Leader Of The Orchestra
Barrie Gosney ... Stage Manager
Bob Hoskins ... Recruiting Sgt.
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Von Gutz
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Frankie Howerd stars in this comedy as a lowly boot-boy who is a terrible coward. He only goes to war in 1914 after he has been hypnotised to 'save England'. With the German master plan tattooed on his backside (this is the only way he could get the plan back to the British), he goes to the British headquarters, with the Germans in hot pursuit, to try and 'hand over the plans'!!! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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When only Frankie's cheek could save Britain from the Hun See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Frankie Howerd's characters in the three "Up..." movies all have similar names. Howerd is Lurcio in Up Pompeii (1971), Lurkalot in The Chastity Belt (1972) and Lurk in Up the Front (1972). See more »

Goofs

When the sign at Monique's is splattered by mud the N is only partially covered, but in the next shot the N is completely covered. See more »

Quotes

Vincento: [drunkenly] I will take your breath away.
Lurk: [recoiling] I wish you'd take yours away!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1914 See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Up Pompeii! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Haydn
Played on the gramophone during the scene where the village changes hands
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Totally wastes a great comedy talent
4 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Lurk is working as a dogsbody in a rich English household when WW1 is declared. In order to impress a girl he accompanies his boss to a recruiting show where he is hypnotised to think he needs to save England. Before the spell can be lifted he recruits and is shipped out to the front. Once there he finds himself drawn into a plot involving the German's secret plan for the way and a tattoo.

This is a very poor vehicle for a man of Frankie Howerd's talents. The first half of the film is the closest we get to his humour and even that isn't very funny. I'm a big fan of Howerd and think he's very funny but this doesn't do anything to use him. The plot is unimportant, but suffice to say it's very silly and doesn't hold the interest. That makes the comedy even more important and as I said already, in fails in that respect, with only a handful of funny lines and relies on smutting jokes and slapstick humour.

Howerd doesn't look convinced by the material himself, he delivers it all in his own indomitable style but it's all below his usual quality. The other actors only mug along, all playing the straight men to Howerd's comments.

Overall an unfunny, smutty comedy that wastes the talents of it's lead star.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Up the Front See more »

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Anglo-EMI See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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