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Operation Snafu (1961)

On the Fiddle (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 27 January 1965 (USA)
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »

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Cyril Frankel

Writers:

R.F. Delderfield (novel), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Lynch ... Horace Pope
Sean Connery ... Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ... 1st Airman
Harry Locke ... Huxtable
John Le Mesurier ... Hixon
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Doctor
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Sister
Peter Sinclair Peter Sinclair ... Mr. Pope
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Lil
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant
Brian Weske ... Corporal
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Police Constable
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Ticket Collector
Cecil Parker ... Gr / Cpt Bascombe
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Fl / Lt Baldwin
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes friends with the easy going but loyal Pedlar Pascoe, who happily goes along with all of his scams in an effort to avoid the front lines and make a bit on the side. However, his scams cause trouble where he goes and there are only so many places he can go before France beckons. Written by bob the moo

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Never have so few FIDDLED so many! See more »

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Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Snafu See more »

Filming Locations:

Shere, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Sean Connery and Alan King appeared in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes (1971). See more »

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Referenced in Inside 'Dr. No' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
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Written by Harry Parr Davies and Phil Park
Performed by Gracie Fields
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Stop at a Winner
31 August 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

On the Fiddle is a passable film with Alfred Lynch in a rare leading role as Horace Pope a spiv type scam artist who ends up being sent to the army by a judge.

Once he has joined up he teams up with dim witted but amiable squaddie Pedlar Pascoe (Sean Connery) who tags along with his money making schemes and provides the brawn to his brains.

The duo accidentally become war heroes, then end up running a pub serving US based soldiers.

Connery would go on to become James Bond a year later so here is a role where he is kind of cast against type. Lynch better known as a shifty type character actor rather enjoys being in the limelight as the star but he really is charmless and unsympathetic here, more a third rate and not nice Sergeant Bilko.


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