The Secret War of Harry Frigg

The Secret War of Harry Frigg

Jack Smight (1967)

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Paul Newman was never fully convincing as a comedian, though he makes a fair stab at it here, as a deadbeat private whose one gift is the ability to escape from military prisons. Given the temporary rank of full general, he is sent to Italy to engineer the escape of five Allied generals, who are enjoying their imprisonment in a lavish villa owned by Countess Sylva Koscina. Written by Peter Stone - who wrote Charade - this is a generally jolly jape, lifted by some lovely turns from the supporting cast, notably John Williams as one of the two terribly English generals.


A soldier's superior officers decide to put his remarkable skill at breaking out of military prisons to good use. Five generals have fallen into enemy hands, so they arrange for the escape artist to be captured and sent to the same prison so he can organise a break-out. Second World War comedy, starring Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina, Andrew Duggan and Tom Bosley.

Cast & Crew

Pte Harry Frigg Paul Newman
Countess Francesca De Montefiore Sylva Koscina
Gen Newton Armstrong Andrew Duggan
Gen Roscoe Pennypacker Tom Bosley
Gen Francis Mayhew John Williams
Gen Adrian Cox-Roberts Charles Gray
Col Enrico Ferrucci Vito Scotti
Gen Andre Rochambeau Jacques Roux
Director Jack Smight
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd
Comedy Drama