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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lurk
Bill Fraser ... Groping
William Mervyn ... Lord Twithampton
Linda Gray ... Lady Twithampton
Jonathan Cecil ... Nigel / Nigel Phipps Fortescue
... Fanny
Nicholas Bennett ... Mallett
... Newsboy
... Cora Crumpington
... The Great Vincento / Vincento
Veronica Clifford ... Velma
Peter Greenwell ... Pianist / Accordianiste / Leader Of The Orchestra
... Stage Manager
... Recruiting Sgt.
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

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Kommandosache 'Nackter Po'  »

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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 »

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After the motorcycle with a side car drops off Lurk, it sprays him with mud all over. Next shot the amount of mud on his uniform is less and his face is clean. See more »

Quotes

Vincento: [drunkenly] I will take your breath away.
Lurk: [recoiling] I wish you'd take yours away!
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1914 See more »

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Follows Up Pompeii (1971) See more »

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Orpheus in the Underworld
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Music by Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Peter Greenwell
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Disappointing
6 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have to say this film is a big disappointment especially when you see the actors in it. Frankie Howerd was always better with a live audience to bounce catchphrases off (he could make three jokes last over half an hour like that). This film also features stalwarts of the British film scene such as Stanley Holloway, William Mervyn, Bill Fraser, Dora Bryan and Lance Percival with early bit parts for Bob Hoskins and Mike Grady. Madeline Smith provides the love interest for most of the film as Fanny, loved by both Lurk (Howerd) and Groping (Fraser). Zsa Zsa Gabor turns up as Mata Hari which says a lot about the film and the state of Gabor's career at the time. Jonathan Cecil gives one of his best performances as the twit son of the family who becomes a spy and Hermione Baddeley is marvellous as the brothel madame. Gertan Klauber and Stanley Lebor play almost exactly the same characters as they play in Soft Beds, Hard Battles as slightly sinister but ultimately comic heavies. The story is basically about the spy stealing the German master plan for the war and the efforts of the Germans to get it back while the Brits try to get it to the General at HQ. It ought to have been a lot better. I do have a big soft spot for this film despite its failings.


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