Advance to the Rear

Advance to the Rear

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Director: George Marshall

Cast: George Marshall, Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Melvyn Douglas

     
 

Union Colonel Brackenby (Melvyn Douglas) and his second-in-command, Captain Heath (Glenn Ford), attempt to command a rather inept cavalry unit during the Civil War. General Willoughby (Jim Backus) heads them out West on assignment rather than allowing them to foul things up where it counts. They soon get involved with Martha Lou, a confederate spy (Stella Stevens)… See more details below

Overview

Union Colonel Brackenby (Melvyn Douglas) and his second-in-command, Captain Heath (Glenn Ford), attempt to command a rather inept cavalry unit during the Civil War. General Willoughby (Jim Backus) heads them out West on assignment rather than allowing them to foul things up where it counts. They soon get involved with Martha Lou, a confederate spy (Stella Stevens) posing as a prostitute, and her boss, Jenny (Joan Blondell) as well as a group of renegades and an Indian chief. In spite of their ridiculous slapstick antics, they manage to carry out their mission. This comedy was based on Company of Cowards, a novel by Jack Schaefer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Advance to the Rear is a very funny, surprisingly overlooked comedy that deserves to be better known. It's not a classic, not in the same league as Bringing Up Baby or similar films, but it's the kind of engaging, humorous film that hooks the viewer early on and keeps him happily involved throughout. Credit goes to its trio of screenwriters (and to Jack Schaefer, author of the book upon which the film is based) for concocting a script that tells its story economically and clearly, provides ample opportunity for gags, includes some nifty jokes and presents some well defined characters. Director George Marshall is perfectly in tune with the writers, playing up the tongue-in-cheek nature of the script without overplaying it, and providing shots of visual interest that don't go out of their way to call attention to themselves. And Rear makes the most of its very able cast, putting star Glenn Ford into the kind of comedy role that suits his deadpan style, allowing Melvyn Douglas to have a field day as the pompous colonel, letting Stella Stevens undulate appealingly and throwing Joan Blondell the chance to zing a few in her inimitable style. Throw in the likes of Jim Backus and Alan hale, Jr., and the result is a fine and funny flick.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2011
UPC:
0883316316993
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
12,314

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Capt. Jared Heath
Stella Stevens Martha Lou Williams
Melvyn Douglas Col. Claude Brackenby
Jim Backus Gen. Willoughby
Joan Blondell "Easy Jenny"
Andrew Prine Pvt. Owen Selous
Jesse Pearson Corporal Geary
Alan Hale Sgt. Beauregard Davis
James Griffith Hugo Zattig
Whit Bissell Capt. Queeg
Michael Pate Thin Elk
Richard Adams Courier
Robert Anderson Steamer Captain
Joe Brooks Bannerman
Robert Carson Col. Holbert
Yvonne Craig Ora
John Day Loafer
Britt Ekland Greta
Peter Ford Townsman
Sugar Geise Mamie
Barnaby Hale Lieutenant
Kathryn Hart Actor
Charles Horvath Jones
Clegg Hoyt Actor
Paul Langton Maj. Forsythe
Frank Mitchell Belmont
Gregg Palmer Gambler
Allen Pinson Pvt. Long
Eddie Quillan Smitty
Chuck Roberson Monk
Paul Smith Actor
Harvey Stephens Gen. Dunlap
Bill Troy Fulton
Sailor Vincent Deckhand
Ken Wales Lieutenant's Aide
Harlan Warde Maj. Hayward
J. Lewis Smith Slasher O'Toole
Towyna Thomas Law and Order League
Reginald Denny Actor
Preston S. Foster Gen. Bateman

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
William Bowers Screenwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
Budd S. Friend Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Samuel A. Peeples Screenwriter
Ted Richmond Producer
Randy Sparks Score Composer

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