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Secret War of Harry Frigg
     

The Secret War of Harry Frigg

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Director: Jack Smight, Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina, Tom Bosley

Cast: Jack Smight, Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina, Tom Bosley

 
This World War II comedy finds Harry Frigg (Paul Newman) as the unwilling volunteer slated to rescue five generals from the clutches of the Germans and Italians. Frigg would rather spend his time goofing off than fighting the war, but his superiors make him a fake general and pack him off to retrieve the top brass. He has a romantic interest in the Countess (Sylva

Overview

This World War II comedy finds Harry Frigg (Paul Newman) as the unwilling volunteer slated to rescue five generals from the clutches of the Germans and Italians. Frigg would rather spend his time goofing off than fighting the war, but his superiors make him a fake general and pack him off to retrieve the top brass. He has a romantic interest in the Countess (Sylva Koscina), an Italian beauty who helps Harry locate the missing officers. Tom Bosley, Andrew Duggan, Charles D. Gray, Jacques Roux and John Williams are the five generals who carry most of the comedy. Normal Fell and Buck Henry excel in small roles as well. General Prentiss (James Gregory) is the brains behind the plan that finds the frustrated Frigg rise to the occasion when he reluctantly accepts his assignment.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it certainly doesn't rate as either a great comedy or one of Paul Newman's best films, there's a certain appeal to The Secret War of Harry Frigg. Part of it has to do with the fact that it gives Newman one of his rare opportunities to play straight comedy. Most of the time, Newman's comic moments come in the course of films like The Sting that, while they may have a certain lightness to them, have more than just comedy on their minds. Newman's not a natural comic, and Frigg would probably have worked better with someone to the comedy born in the title role, but he still pulls it off respectably and generates a fair amount of laughter along the way. Not as much as the character actors that litter the supporting cast, especially the quintet that portray the generals Frigg must save, but Newman does just fine. He might have done even better with a more adept director than Jack Smight; his work here is acceptable, but neither as inventive nor as effective as it should have been. Russell Metty's camera is a definite asset, and James Gregory and Buck Henry also deserve credit. The assets aren't enough to make Frigg a "must see" but they do make it a decent way to spend a couple of hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
UPC:
0025192095870
Original Release:
1968
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
27,244

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Harry Frigg
Sylva Koscina Countess Di Montefiore
Tom Bosley Gen. Pennypacker
Andrew Duggan Gen. Armstrong
John Williams Gen. Mayhew
Werner Peters Maj. Von Steignitz
James Gregory Gen. Homer Prentiss
Charles Gray Gen. Cox-Roberts
Vito Scotti Col. Ferrucci
Jacques Roux Gen. Rochambeau
Johnny Haymer Sgt. Pozzallo
Norman Fell Capt. Stanley
Buck Henry Stockade Commandant
Richard X. Slattery M.P. Sergeant
Fabrizio Mioni Lt. Rossano
Horst Ebersberg Lieutenant Gruber
George Ives Major

Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Terence Nelson Asst. Director
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
William Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Frank Tarloff Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
J. Terry Williams Editor

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The Secret War of Harry Frigg 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SadieP More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite movie-- I'm so glad it's actually being released here! Paul Newman is the best. he really has excellent comedic timing. Tom Bosley's a lot of fun in this too, and the whole cast does an excellent job. Yes, it's a silly movie, and not something that will go down in history as the greatest film ever made, but it's enjoyable and satisfying to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Private Harry Frigg has never been good at anything until he is drafted into the US Army during WWII. His days as a goof ball are numbered however when the Army decides that his new found talent of escaping from any stockade they stick him in is just the ticket for freeing five Allied generals from an Italian villa. Promoted from Private to Major General ''... what happened to all the stuff in between, you know like seargent and captain?'', Harry discovers that everyone at the villa from the Italian Commander, to the Generals and even an Italian Countessa have all resigned from the war. What follows Harry's arrival is movie laughter and love as Harry is continually sidetracked by the Countessa and the bickering of the ''real'' generals who have yet to decide who is really in charge. Paul Newman's talents for comedy are marvelous and this movie is one of his finest ever.