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You Must Be Joking! (1965)

A motley group of soldiers are set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items.

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A motley group of soldiers are set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items.

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It's a mad-mad whirl of a hunt for guys and gals and goodies!

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October 1965 (USA)  »

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Rena rama snurren!  »

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Trivia

Released in the UK in September 1965 as the bottom half of a double bill with Cat Ballou (1965). See more »

Goofs

When the famous Lutine bell is stolen, the officers at HQ describe it as weighing about a hundred pounds, and difficult but not impossible for a man to move around, yet in the scene at the finish line, we get a quick glimpse of Tracy Reed, herself probably not much more than that, scooping it up effortlessly in the scramble. See more »

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Maj. Foskett: [to the gate guard at the Northdene U.S. Air Force Station] I am a major. You are a sergeant. Majors give orders. Sergeants obey them...
U.S. Air Force gate guard: But I'm not even in your Army, sir.
Maj. Foskett: That's not my fault.
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I'm With You
Music by Buddy Bregman
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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An undervalued pleasure
17 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's somewhat strange how this cheery and pleasing film has been almost totally forgotten today - perhaps in part despite its 'Swinging London' ethos that it was filmed in black & white?

Michael Winner's 1960s films were noted for their vivid and lively style, and it's a pity that when he moved to Hollywood in the early 1970s he seemed to lose that style and his films became defined by being dour, downbeat and often quite nasty.

Back to YMBJ, acting standouts include Lionel Jeffries who steals the film with his funny performance just as he did a few years previously with 'The Wrong Arm of the Law' and Terry-Thomas in a small but typically very amusing performance.

The film's finale is a bit messy and incoherent, but otherwise the film is full of good fun and laughs.


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