Up the Front

Up the Front

Bob Kellett (1972)

A Certificate


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The final film to be spun off from TV's Up Pompeii leaves Frankie Howerd stranded in the middle of no man's land with nothing more than a tattoo to cover his blushes. There are more laughs in the first three seconds of episode one of Blackadder Goes Forth than in the entire length of this tiresome charade. Not even Morecambe and Wise's regular writer Eddie Braben could do anything to pep up Sid Colin's desperate script and you end up feeling sorry for the likes of Stanley Holloway, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hermione Baddeley, even though their lacklustre performances really merit reproach.


A cowardly footman is hypnotised into enlisting during the First World War. He becomes an unlikely hero by helping to steal secret German plans by having them tattooed on his bottom, but has to escape a seductive enemy agent scheming to get her hands on the information. Comedy, starring Frankie Howerd, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bill Fraser, Lance Percival and Dora Bryan.

Cast & Crew

Lurk Frankie Howerd
Mata Hari Zsa Zsa Gabor
Groping Bill Fraser
Von Gutz Lance Percival
Vincento Stanley Holloway
Fanny Madeline Smith
Monique Hermione Baddeley
Lord Twithampton William Mervyn
Cora Crumpington Dora Bryan
Recruiting sergeant Bob Hoskins
Director Bob Kellett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. London Films LtdAvailable on: video and DVD