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Private's Progress (1956)

In World War II, a failed British Officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director:

John Boulting

Writers:

Alan Hackney (based on the story by), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Pte. Stanley Windrush
Ronald Adam ... Doctor at Medical
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Mr. Spottiswood (as Henry Longhurst)
Peter Jones ... Arthur Egan
Dennis Price ... Brig. Bertram Tracepurcel
Miles Malleson ... Mr. Windrush Snr.
Sally Miles Sally Miles ... Catherine
David King-Wood David King-Wood ... Gerald
Derrick De Marney ... Pat
William Hartnell ... Sgt. Sutton
Brian Oulton ... M.O. at Gravestone Camp
Michael Trubshawe ... Col. Fanshawe
John Le Mesurier ... Psychiatrist
Jill Adams ... Prudence Greenslade
Terry-Thomas ... Major Hitchcock
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Storyline

Stanley Windrush has to interrupt his university education when he is called up towards the end of the war. He quickly proves himself not to be officer material. This leads him to meets up with wily Private Cox who knows exactly how all the scams work in the confused world of the British Army. And Stanley's brigadier War Office uncle seems to be up to something more than a bit shady too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The film that is respectfully dedicated to all those who got away with it ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Private's Progress See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) (1957)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In addition to playing a German Officer in this movie (mostly speaking in English), Sir Christopher Lee dubbed the voice of the Dennis Price character in the scenes where he is speaking in German. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hitchcock: Good Lord - Windrush! What on earth are you doing dressed up as a Jerry? You're an absolute bounder.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, there is a drawing depicting three officers in the "hear, see & speak no evil" stance with the words "the producers gratefully acknowledge the official cooperation of absolutely nobody. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rock Rock Rock! (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be an England
(uncredited)
Music by Ross Parker
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Sung in the pub
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Great prequel
23 August 2013 | by paul-743-899114See all my reviews

This film is very underrated and rarely shown on TV.

The premise is simple, and there's nothing wrong with that, especially when it's so funny. Everything about it is as British as fish and chips, so Americans may not appreciate it as much as us, Australians and Kiwis, etc.

The direction, editing, script and acting are spot on. The Boulting Brothers followed this one up with "I'm All Right Jack.", using nearly the entire same cast (playing the same characters), plus Peter Sellers, which was a master stroke. I reckon this is just as good as IARJ. There isn't a dull moment, and it's worth seeing for Terry Thomas and Dennis Price alone. No one says Terry's lines like him, and no one does wily like Price.

What a shower!


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