Advance to the Rear (1964)





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In this slapstick Civil War comedy, a tough commanding officer and his second-in-command are assigned to lead a misanthropic, bumbling band of Yankee soldiers. At one point they take on enemy troupes with only rocks to defend themselves. More trouble ensues when a tart and her madam get involved with the men who do not realize that they are southern spies.
Comedy , Drama , Western
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Glenn Ford
as Capt. Jared Heath
Stella Stevens
as Martha Lou Williams
Melvyn Douglas
as Col. Claude Brackenbury
Jim Backus
as Gen. Willoughby
Andrew Prine
as Pvt. Owen Selous
Jesse Pearson
as Cpl. Silas Geary
Alan Hale Jr.
as Sgt. Beauregard Davis
James Griffith
as Hugo Zattig
Whit Bissell
as Capt. Queeg
Michael Pate
as Thin Elk
Bill Troy
as Fulton
Frank Mitchell
as Belmont
J. Lewis Smith
as Slasher O'Toole
Harlan Warde
as Maj. Hayward
Allen Pinson
as Pvt. Long
Sugar Geise
as Mamie
Linda Jones
as Junie
Paul Langton
as Maj. Forsythe
Mary LeBow
as Mary
Joe Brooks
as Bannerman
Richard Adams
as Courier
Eddie Quillan
as Smitty
Barnaby Hale
as Lieutenant
Harvey Stephens
as Gen. Dunlap
Paul L. Smith
as Lieutenant
Bob Carson
as Col. Holbert
Janos Phohaska
as Flag Pole Sitter
Clegg Hoyt
as Loafer
John Day
as Loafer
Towyna Thomas
as Law and Order League
Sailor Vincent
as Deckhand
Robert Anderson
as Steamer Captain
Gregg Palmer
as Gambler
Kathryn Hart
as League Lady
Preston S. Foster
as Gen. Bateman
Ann Blake
as League Lady
Peter Ford
as Townsman
Ken Wales
as Lieutenant's Aide
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This was on right after The Courtship of Eddie's Father, so I grabbed it with the DVR as well. From the preview, it promised to be a raucous romp, but Glenn Ford was just not a great actor, and this film followed suit. There is some slapstick here and there, but it's 60s slapstick, and there's just not enough good slapstick to make it fun enough to save it from the vast heap of film mediocrity. Not even Skipper could save it!

Gaspar Oot
Gaspar Oot

150419: This is a very enjoyable little comedy. Made me laugh a few times and moved at a reliable pace. Thumbs up.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

Silly but cute Civil War comedy of errors with an amazing cast for such a minor film.

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jay nixon

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