5.9/10
590
16 user

Advance to the Rear (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, War, Western | 1964 (Italy)
Trailer
2:59 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Samuel A. Peeples (screen play), William Bowers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Red Buttons, Taina Elg
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Montagne
Stars: John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn
Battle Cry (1955)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman
The Sheepman (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A brash stranger and his sheep arrive in a small town, but not soon after, the townspeople decide they've seen enough of him.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1944, on a Miami to New York train, two paratroopers on furlough meet and fall in love with two 'kept women' who are on their way to meet their 'sugar-daddies'.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sophia Loren, Tab Hunter, Jack Warden
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau
Crime | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Unscrupulous car dealers foist faulty and dangerous cars on an unsuspecting public.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Darryl Hickman, Tommy Baker, Allan Lane
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Capt. Jared Heath
Stella Stevens ... Martha Lou Williams
Melvyn Douglas ... Col. Claude Brackenbury
Jim Backus ... Gen. Willoughby
Joan Blondell ... Easy Jenny
Andrew Prine ... Pvt. Owen Selous
Jesse Pearson ... Cpl. Silas Geary
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sgt. Beauregard Davis (as Alan Hale)
James Griffith ... Hugo Zattig
Whit Bissell ... Capt. Queeg
Michael Pate ... Thin Elk
Edit

Storyline

A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You've met the Rat Pack...Now meet the Mouse Pack!!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Helden ohne Hosen See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "dance hall girls" getting run out of town on the steamboat may have been based on a Civil War incident where the provost marshal in Nashville rounded up all the town's prostitutes and sent them by steamboat to Cincinnati. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes where the cannons fire 30 rounds, some of the cannons fire before their fuses are ignited. See more »

Quotes

Col. Claude Brackenbury: Which one of us graduated from West Point? Just answer me that.
Heath: You... uh... graduated from West Point, sir.
Col. Claude Brackenbury: You bet I did. And how many times have I warned you against showing any initiative?
Heath: Oh, it must be up in the thousands, sir.
See more »

Soundtracks

This Ol' Riverboat
Written by Randy Sparks (uncredited)
Performed by The New Christy Minstrels
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A B-movie masterpiece
6 March 2001 | by smprescottSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the basement movie studio of Ytterboe Hall (my freshman college dorm -- alas now only a memory) when it came out 37 years ago. After I got married and settled down, I started scanning the television listings regularly for it. After 20 years, one of the channels started showing it in the wee hours so I managed to tape it. 'Advance To The Rear' is a rare gem.

This movie was made during the short but glorious window of cultural innocence (between R & B and the Rolling Stones) when folk music was as popular as rock. The music is by Randy Sparks and sung by his New Christy Minstrals. The song 'Today' is from this movie.

Stella Stevens, as the Confederate spy, is gorgeous beyond description. Glen Ford plays the bemused hero trying to do things by the book admidst a collection of misfits ('We're a company of cowards and we've come to save the day.'). Jim Backus ('Gilligan's Island' and the voice of Mr. Magoo) leads a familiar cast of veteran supporting actors and actresses of the era. Did I mention that Stella Stevens is good looking?

'Advance To The Rear' is a B-movie masterpiece. One of those rare examples of everything coming together perfectly. For those of us who remember the era, it is also very evocative -- perhaps more so than any other movie of its time. It would be nice if whoever has the rights would release it, my VHS tape is getting a little flaky. By the way, they made an LP of the sound track. Now that be a major garage sale find.


34 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed