The Secret War of Harry Frigg

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...
See more details below
DVD (Colorized)
$18.06
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$19.99 List Price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (5) from $16.86   
  • New (3) from $16.86   
  • Used (2) from $31.98   

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.
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2014
  • UPC: 025192095870
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Presentation: Colorized
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,698

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously