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The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, War | 29 February 1968 (USA)
In 1943, when 5 captured Allied one-star generals cannot agree on an escape plan, the HQ promotes an escape-savvy private to 2-star general and sends him to coordinate the captive VIPs.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Pvt. Harry Frigg
Sylva Koscina ... Countess Francesca De Montefiore
Andrew Duggan ... Gen. Newton Armstrong
Tom Bosley ... Gen. Roscoe Pennypacker
John Williams ... Gen. Francis Mayhew
Charles Gray ... Gen. Adrian Cox-Roberts
Vito Scotti ... Col. Enrico Ferrucci
Jacques Roux Jacques Roux ... Gen. Andre Rochambeau
Werner Peters ... Maj. von Steignitz
James Gregory ... Gen. Homer Prentiss
Fabrizio Mioni ... Lt. Rossano
Johnny Haymer ... Sgt. Pozzallo
Norman Fell ... Capt. Stanley
Buck Henry ... Stockade Commandant
Horst Ebersberg ... Lt. Gruber
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Storyline

When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the guard house dozens of times. He is promoted to Major General (2 stars) and ordered to get the generals out once he is captured. Harry is willing to escape, but then he meets the countess ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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There are 5 Generals inside...and one Private outside...the problem was to get the 5 Generals inside outside...and avoid getting waylaid by a beautiful countess! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meanwhile, Far from the Front See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was known as " Meanwhile Far From the Front " when first announced in 1967. See more »

Goofs

The British Army and Royal Marines eliminated the rank of Brigadier General in 1921. In 1943, as today, the British Army has the rank of Brigadier.

A Brigadier is above a colonel and below a Major General, but British regulations do not consider it a General rank. Rather it's Field Grade, like high colonel.

After NATO was formed, a table standardization made the Brigadier equal to Brigadier General to eliminate confusion.

In 1943, out of Courtesy, American and French officers would treat them as One-Star rank, but in terms of determining command seniority, the would be junior to their American and French counterparts.

If nothing else, the British would never refer to themselves as Brigadier Generals. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Homer Prentiss: General, you can't pin stars on a Private.
Capt. Stanley: How do you know? It's never been done.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997) See more »

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delightful movie
21 October 1998 | by fenwickeSee all my reviews

It occurs to me that I saw Joe Pesci do a walk on in this film. It was either in 'Harry Frigg' or another war related movie, perhaps the 'Dirty Dozen.' There's a knock at the door and a high officer, a General, perhaps, beckons and in he (Pesci) walks, stands at attention and delivers a terse, one line message, and departs. Help!


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