The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

110 mins | Comedy | 1968

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in the Sierra Madre section of southern California. Working titles: The Best Kept Secret of the War ; Harry Frigg ; and Meanwhile, Far from the Front ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in the Sierra Madre section of southern California. Working titles: The Best Kept Secret of the War ; Harry Frigg ; and Meanwhile, Far from the Front . More Less

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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Meanwhile, Far From the Front
Harry Frigg
The Best Kept Secret of the War
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 February 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Albion Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 April 1967
Copyright Number:
LP39024
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
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Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
110
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In World War II, five general officers--three American, one British, and one French--are captured in a Tunisian turkish bath by Italians and detained in a luxurious villa in Italy under the command of Colonel Ferrucci. Soon it becomes clear to the Allied powers that the five officers cannot agree on a plan for escaping from their comfortable prison; consequently, public relations head Homer Prentiss recruits Pvt. Harry Frigg, known for his consistent, grandiose escapes from Army guardhouses, to spring the generals. Promoted instantly to major general in order to facilitate his command of the other officers, Frigg is then parachuted into Italy. After his capture by the enemy and imprisonment in the villa, he immediately begins haranguing the five men about their inability to organize an escape plan; when Frigg meets Contessa Francesca di Montefiore, the neutral owner of the villa, however, he becomes less intent on escape and delays the generals with a series of training programs. The escape night finally arrives, but it is postponed as a favor to Ferrucci, who is to be made a general at midnight. German officers arrive and promptly at midnight announce that Italy has surrendered and all prisoners will be transported to a German prison camp. Away from the comforts of both villa and countess, Frigg reverts to his former self and swiftly engineers a successful escape; as a reward, he is recommended for a commission by the five generals and allowed to run an Army radio station located back at the ... +


In World War II, five general officers--three American, one British, and one French--are captured in a Tunisian turkish bath by Italians and detained in a luxurious villa in Italy under the command of Colonel Ferrucci. Soon it becomes clear to the Allied powers that the five officers cannot agree on a plan for escaping from their comfortable prison; consequently, public relations head Homer Prentiss recruits Pvt. Harry Frigg, known for his consistent, grandiose escapes from Army guardhouses, to spring the generals. Promoted instantly to major general in order to facilitate his command of the other officers, Frigg is then parachuted into Italy. After his capture by the enemy and imprisonment in the villa, he immediately begins haranguing the five men about their inability to organize an escape plan; when Frigg meets Contessa Francesca di Montefiore, the neutral owner of the villa, however, he becomes less intent on escape and delays the generals with a series of training programs. The escape night finally arrives, but it is postponed as a favor to Ferrucci, who is to be made a general at midnight. German officers arrive and promptly at midnight announce that Italy has surrendered and all prisoners will be transported to a German prison camp. Away from the comforts of both villa and countess, Frigg reverts to his former self and swiftly engineers a successful escape; as a reward, he is recommended for a commission by the five generals and allowed to run an Army radio station located back at the villa. +

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