On the Fiddle (Operation Snafu) (Operation War Head) (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

On the Fiddle (Operation Snafu) (Operation War Head) (1961)

On the Fiddle (Operation Snafu) (Operation War Head)





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Alfred Lynch and Sean Connery star as a pair of klutzy RAF members, during World War II, who are more interested in running petty confidence scams that toting rifles. Though they doggedly avoid extra effort of any kind, Pope (Lynch) and Pascoe (Connery) are sent on a top-secret mission. The more the duo screws up, the more they succeed in pulling off their assignment, and through no real input of their own they become heroes. On the Fiddle more closely resembled an American service comedy than a British film, thus it was logical that its U.S. title was Operation SNAFU. During the James Bond craze, the film was retitled Operation Warhead and Sean Connery's participation was played up in the ads -- complete with the anachronistic inclusion of bikini-clad starlets! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harold Buchman
On DVD: Mar 4, 1997


Alfred Lynch
as Horace Pope
Sean Connery
as Pedlar Pascoe
Cecil Parker
as Group Capt. Bascombe
Stanley Holloway
as Mr. Cooksley
Alan King
as Top Sergeant Buzzer
Kathleen Harrison
as Mrs. Cooksley
Eleanor Summerfield
as Flora McNaughton
Terence Longdon
as Air Gunner
Victor Maddern
as 1st Airman
Harry Locke
as Huxtable
Jack Lambert
as Police Constable
Cyril Smith
as Ticket Collector
Graham Stark
as Sgt. Ellis
Miriam Karlin
as WAAF Sergeant
Bill Owen
as Corporal Gittens
Gary Cockrell
as US Snowdrop
Jean Aubrey
as WAAF Corporal
Harold Goodwin
as Cpl. Reeves
Simon Lack
as Flight Lt. Baldwin
Monte Landis
as Conductor
Beatrix Lehmann
as Lady Edith
Lance Percival
as MacTaggart
Brian Weske
as Corporal
Marianne Stone
as Stretcher Bearer
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Unassuming British WW II comedy B-movie.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
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Audience Reviews for On the Fiddle (Operation Snafu) (Operation War Head)

A pre-Bond Connery plays a bit of a simpleton is this quirky British comedy. It's more a series of sketches rather than a complete film with Lynch (the main character) and Connery involved in a series of cons during WW2. They make a great double act and they're supported by some great British comedy talent. The film takes an uneasy turn to the dramatic towards the end but up till then it's an enjoyable (although slight) comedy.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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"On the Fiddle is another grand example of British comedy during the 1950's and 60's, quick, witty and sometimes extremely hard to follow as the actors ramble off their lines and the accents seem to merge into one big blur of words."

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