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Which Way to the Front? (1970)

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Lewis

Writers:

Gerald Gardner (screenplay), Dee Caruso (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Brendan Byers III / Field Marshal Erik Kesselring
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Sid Hackle
John Wood ... Finkel
Steve Franken ... Peter Bland
Willie Davis Willie Davis ... Lincoln
Dack Rambo ... Terry Love
Robert Middleton ... Colonico
Kaye Ballard ... Senora Messina
Harold J. Stone ... General Buck
Paul Winchell ... Schroeder
Sidney Miller ... Hitler
Joe Besser ... Dock Master
Gary Crosby ... SS Guard
Danny Dayton ... Man in Car
Kathleen Freeman ... Bland's Mother
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Storyline

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" for an answer and so a recruits other 4-F's to fight against the Axis powers. Written by Jerry Roberts

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You vill see "Which Way to the Front?" ... und you vill laugh!

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Dónde está el frente? See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Miller sold the script to the studio, but claimed it was re-written (originally it was set in the Pacific and was moved to Nazi Germany). He called the experience a "sore spot," but said it was fine for a Jerry Lewis vehicle. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits say JERRY LEWIS AS "WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT?" See more »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: Did you know that last year more people died from cigarette smoking than from bombings?
Brendan Byers III: What will you do about that, Führer?
Adolf Hitler: Increase the bombings!
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A few giggles here and there, but mostly unfunny stuff
20 March 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The idea behind "Which Way to the Front" - a millionaire rejected for military service during World War II deciding to form his own army platoon and fight the war his way - is definitely one that is original and has a lot of potential for humor. Unfortunately, the execution here is lacking, to put it kindly. Watching it, I often got the feeling that star and director Jerry Lewis was not trying very hard. For example, while the movie is set in 1943, the movie has a very 1970s feel to it from the costumes to the sets.

A bigger problem is that the movie is simply not that funny, especially in the first half. The movie starts off very slowly, taking both forever to set the situation up and then to get Lewis and his team into the field. And while this is going on, one attempted gag after the other lands with a thud.

The second half of the movie is a bit more successful. There is an injection of serious energy by both Lewis the star and Lewis the director. And this energy does end up generating a few (mild) giggles. (But I certainly didn't laugh at the offensive last scene; you'll see for yourself when you watch the movie.) While there are worse comedies out there (both with or without Lewis), it's easy to see why Warner Brothers only gave the movie a limited release in North America. Though the movie did extremely well in a number of foreign countries, suggesting there's an audience for just about any movie.


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