The Time - WWII, the place - Germany. The Germans have a plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes. Private Schultz is coerced into organizing a gang ... See full summary »
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1981  
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Series cast summary:
Michael Elphick ...  Private Gerhard Schulz 6 episodes, 1981
Ian Richardson ...  Major Neuheim / ... 6 episodes, 1981
Cyril Shaps ...  Solly 5 episodes, 1981
Billie Whitelaw ...  Bertha Freyer 4 episodes, 1981
Terence Suffolk Terence Suffolk ...  Willy Schumacher 4 episodes, 1981
Walter Sparrow ...  Becker 4 episodes, 1981
Alla Sharova Alla Sharova ...  Violinist 4 episodes, 1981
Clive Merrison ...  Radio Announcer / ... 3 episodes, 1981
David Swift David Swift ...  Professor Bodelschwingh 2 episodes, 1981
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ...  Krauss 2 episodes, 1981
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ...  Bus Conductor 2 episodes, 1981
Mark Wingett ...  Walter Schmidt 2 episodes, 1981
Trevor T. Smith Trevor T. Smith ...  Captain Ohm 2 episodes, 1981
Darlene Johnson Darlene Johnson ...  Kitty 2 episodes, 1981
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The Time - WWII, the place - Germany. The Germans have a plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes. Private Schultz is coerced into organizing a gang of unwilling volunteers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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English

Release Date:

6 May 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Salainen sotamies See more »

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(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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[About the German plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes]
Major Neuheim: This could revolutionize the whole concept of war finance. It could become possible to fight a war entirely at the expense of the enemy.
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Terrific Comedy Banned in America
10 September 2008 | by ZenVortexSee all my reviews

This terrific comedy showcases the talents of two of Britain's best actors, the late Michael Elphick and Ian Richardson, who are portrayed as Nazi soldiers in the SS assigned to topple the British economy by counterfeiting the currency. (This is a true story that actually happened in WW2).

Michael Elphick is superb as a cowardly conniving small-time crook who will do anything to avoid fighting. Ian Richardson is also in top form as his incompetent commanding officer. Together, they recruit a gang of Jewish criminals from concentration camps and set about their merry work.

This is one of the best comedies ever made with great performances from the entire cast. Regrettably, the DVD (produced by the BBC) is not available in the USA, presumably to appease American Jewish groups who would consider a concentration camp an inappropriate venue for a comedy.

BTW, the story was recently made into a highly recommended dramatic German-language film (The Counterfeiters, 2007).


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