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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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Storyline

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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All Laughs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kommandosache 'Nackter Po' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anglo-EMI See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Apart from Frankie Howard, Lance Percival, Derek Griffith and Bill Fraser also appeared in all three "up" films. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film the cast credits are listed as 'cast in order of cowardice'. See more »

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Follows The Chastity Belt (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Up The Front
(Title Song) (uncredited)
Music by Peter Greenwell
Lyrics by Sid Colin and Ned Sherrin (uncredited)
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Very Disapointing
16 November 2002 | by BritishFilms1See all my reviews

I read in the "Radio Times" magazine that this film was a WW1 comedy starring comedian Frankie Howerd, I thought it would be very funny, so I decided to sit up and watch it.

Frankie Howerd had just finished playing the slave Lurcio in the comedy series "Up Pompeii", which I thought was very successful. I thought this film would have his usual humor and some good jokes.

Unfortunatly, when it came to watching it, I was very disapointed. It totally wastes Frankie Howerd's comedy talent and even the performance by Zsa Zsa Gabor as Mata Hari couldn't save this.

0 out of 10.


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