Which Way to the Front?

Overview

Brendan (Jerry Lewis) is an eccentric multimillionaire who is rejected for military service in this misfired comedy. Eager to help the Allies, he gathers a quartet of offbeat irregulars and sails to Italy to join the conflict. Brendan captures a Nazi general and masquerades as the enemy. When Allies arrive, he is mistaken for the real general. Jan Murray, Dack Rambo, John Wood and Steve Franklin help the inept but patriotic Brendan. Also appearing are Kaye Ballard, Neil Hamilton, and George Takei, all allumni of ...
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Overview

Brendan (Jerry Lewis) is an eccentric multimillionaire who is rejected for military service in this misfired comedy. Eager to help the Allies, he gathers a quartet of offbeat irregulars and sails to Italy to join the conflict. Brendan captures a Nazi general and masquerades as the enemy. When Allies arrive, he is mistaken for the real general. Jan Murray, Dack Rambo, John Wood and Steve Franklin help the inept but patriotic Brendan. Also appearing are Kaye Ballard, Neil Hamilton, and George Takei, all allumni of successful television programs from the late 1960s.
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Editorial Reviews

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Jerry Lewis turned out some less-than-memorable films during the twilight of his career but this misguided effort may be the most tiresome. Which Way To The Front? is the kind of film where every element feels like it's off the mark. Despite an intriguingly odd premise, the script meanders to and fro with no semblance of pace or narrative drive. Almost all the gags fizzle out and they frequently take a long time to arrive at their tired punchlines. Lewis supplies the manic energy one would expect from one of his comedies but he seems to be going through the motions here (it doesn't help that his character is unsympathetic and a bit of a jerk). There is the occasional highlight -- the best moment arrives when Lewis double-talks his way out of having to give the password at a checkpoint -- but it's a lot of work to get those all-too-rare laughs. Finally, Lewis's direction is as static as it is slack and the jazzy soundtrack music he often favored in his films seems particularly out of place here. To sum up, Which Way To The Front? is one of Lewis's least appealing films. Even devoted fans may have a tough time getting through this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • UPC: 883316248904
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,568

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Brendan
Jan Murray Hackle
John Wood Finkel
Steve Franken Peter Bland
Dack Rambo Love
Robert Middleton Colonico
Willie Davis Lincoln
Kaye Ballard Mayor's Wife
Joe Besser Dock Master
Gary Crosby SS Guard
Danny Dayton Man in car
Fritz Feld Von Runstadt
Kathleen Freeman Bland's mother
Milton Frome Executive
Neil Hamilton Chief of staff
Martin Kosleck German Submarine Commander
Bobo Lewis Bland's Wife
Ronald Lewis
Artie Lewis SS Guard
Mike Mazurki Rocky (uncredited)
Sidney Miller Adolf Hitler
Benny Rubin
Harold J. Stone Gen. Buck
George Takei Yamashita
William Wellman Jr.
Paul Winchell Schroeder
Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director, Producer
John Beckman Art Director, Production Designer
Louis Y. Brown Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dee Caruso Screenwriter
Gerald Gardner Screenwriter
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Richard Miller Original Story
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Stone Makeup
Guy C. Verhille Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Webb Special Effects
Russell Wiles Editor
Fred Williams Makeup
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