Advance to the Rear (1964)

97 mins | Comedy | 1964

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HISTORY

Copyrighted under the working title Company of Cowards? The novel Company of Cowards was published in 1957 under the authorship of Jack ... More Less

Copyrighted under the working title Company of Cowards? The novel Company of Cowards was published in 1957 under the authorship of Jack Schaefer. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Ted Richmond Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam op
Asst cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Men's ward
Men's ward
Men's ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
Adpt & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Dial dir
Gaffer
Head grip
Wrangler-ramrod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the short story "Company of Cowards" by William Chamberlain in Saturday Evening Post (10 Mar 1956).
SONGS
"Company of Cowards," "This Ol' Riverboat," "Today," "Whistlin' Dixie," "Anything Love Can Buy," "Ladies," "Company Q Whistle March," "Way Down in Arkansas," "Brackenby's Mus Box" and "Charleston Town," music and lyrics by Randy Sparks, played and sung by New Christy Minstrels.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Company of Cowards?
Release Date:
1964
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 15 Apr 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Ted Richmond Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26952
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the Civil War a Union Army general officer has a comfortable encampment and a pleasant "agreement" with the enemy: every morning his company fires at them, they fire back, and no one gets hurt. When finally he is ordered to attack, his horse bolts and charges to the rear with the infantry following. As punishment for his apparent cowardice he is put in charge of a company of misfits and sent west to Indian Territory. Through an error, the fact that his unit is replacing one that is protecting Union gold has been overlooked. The men journey westward by riverboat and are joined by a group of camp followers led by Easy Jenny and including Martha Lou Williams, a Confederate spy. A romance develops between Martha Lou and Capt. Jared Heath, though he perceives her devious purpose. Her efforts to obtain information while retaining her virtue result in the misfits' losing their horses, their pants, and the Union gold to a group of renegades and then undertaking a countercharge in their long underwear. They lose their weapons but use their eccentric talents to defend themselves, and they save the gold by building and using a ... +


During the Civil War a Union Army general officer has a comfortable encampment and a pleasant "agreement" with the enemy: every morning his company fires at them, they fire back, and no one gets hurt. When finally he is ordered to attack, his horse bolts and charges to the rear with the infantry following. As punishment for his apparent cowardice he is put in charge of a company of misfits and sent west to Indian Territory. Through an error, the fact that his unit is replacing one that is protecting Union gold has been overlooked. The men journey westward by riverboat and are joined by a group of camp followers led by Easy Jenny and including Martha Lou Williams, a Confederate spy. A romance develops between Martha Lou and Capt. Jared Heath, though he perceives her devious purpose. Her efforts to obtain information while retaining her virtue result in the misfits' losing their horses, their pants, and the Union gold to a group of renegades and then undertaking a countercharge in their long underwear. They lose their weapons but use their eccentric talents to defend themselves, and they save the gold by building and using a catapult. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Civil War


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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