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Operation Snafu (1961)

On the Fiddle (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 27 January 1965 (USA)
2:54 | Trailer
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 »


Cyril Frankel


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Lynch ... Horace Pope
Sean Connery ... Pedlar Pascoe
Victor Maddern ... 1st Airman
Harry Locke 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


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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Comedy | War


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In the main titles, Cecil Parker is listed third and as "Starring". However, Cecil Parker only turns up in the last twenty minutes and has three scenes and twelve lines. See more »


Flora McNaughton: [sudden power cut, room dimly lit by the roaring fire] I must find some candles, can't eat in the dark.
Flora McNaughton: [Flora chattering, as Pedlar moves closer] when we were children we used to hide in the dark and try to scare each other.
Pedlar Pascoe: You're not scared now ma'am now are you ?
[putting his arms around Flora]
Flora McNaughton: No but... .
Flora McNaughton: [Pedlar kisses Flora and sweeps her into his arms] Airman, put me down, this instance !
Flora McNaughton: [Pedlar kisses Flora again] Put me down... .. and take off your boots.
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A good enough yarn with a pre-stardom Connery.
13 March 2018 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

"On the Fiddle" is a good enough film for those who have an hour and a half to spare. Sean Connery was just 1 year away from becoming one of the biggest stars of our time when he made this war comedy/drama. Apparently, it was "On the Fiddle" that led to his being considered for James Bond. Alfred Lynch - largely forgotten today - takes the lead as a fast thinking lovable rogue who knows every dodge there is. Sean Connery is cast as Lynch's slightly dimwitted but loyal friend as they both share various experiences during the second world war. The tone is kept quite lighthearted until about the last 20 minutes of the film. Then both characters are confronted by how truly horrific war is. This film disappeared from everyone's radar apart from rare television broadcasts. The pace is pretty good and the film is a lively one. The joint leads work well together and they carry the film most effectively. All kinds of familiar actors crop up along the way: Stanley Holloway, Kathleen Harrison, Kenneth J. Warren, Hugh Lloyd (of Tony Hancock fame) and others. Alfred Lynch is given the chance to display a more tragic side to his character and it shows there is more to his character than just being a cockney spiv. This is worth a look.

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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)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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