The Secret War of Harry Frigg


The Secret War of Harry Frigg

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This World War II comedy finds Harry Frigg (Paul Newman) as the unwilling volunteer slated to rescue five generals from the clutches of the Germans and Italians. Frigg would rather spend his time goofing off than fighting the war, but his superiors make him a fake general and pack him off to retrieve the top brass. He has a romantic interest in the Countess (Sylva Koscina), an Italian beauty who helps Harry locate the missing officers. Tom Bosley, Andrew Duggan, Charles D. Gray, Jacques Roux and John Williams are the five generals who carry most of the comedy. Normal Fell and Buck Henry excel in small roles as well. General Prentiss (James Gregory) is the brains behind the plan that finds the frustrated Frigg rise to the occasion when he reluctantly accepts his assignment.


Paul Newman
as Harry Frigg
Sylva Koscina
as Countess Di Montefiore
Andrew Duggan
as Gen. Armstrong
Tom Bosley
as Gen. Pennypacker
John Williams (II)
as Gen. Mayhew
Charles Gray
as Gen. Cox-Roberts
Vito Scotti
as Col. Ferrucci
Jacques Roux
as Gen Rochambeau
Werner Peters
as Maj. Von Steignitz
James Gregory
as Gen. Homer Prentiss
Fabrizio Mioni
as Lt. Rossano
Johnny Haymer
as Sgt. Pozzallo
Norman Fell
as Capt. Stanley
Buck Henry
as Stockade Commandant
Horst Ebersberg
as Lt. Gruber
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  • Strong story premise, excellent supporting cast and generally good dialog work to smooth over sometimes static direction and sluggish pacing.

    Jun 17, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • I've seen lousy movies before, but never one that seemed ashamed of itself. At times the actors seem to be in pain, and the movie itself is down-at-the-mouth and desperately boring.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Paul Newman is miscast in this potentially funny farce, which doesn't live up to its gimmicky title.

    Jul 29, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Although Newman's performance here is unquestionably of the hit-and-miss variety, he does manage to generate more than a few laughs with his glib delivery of some very funny lines.

    Jun 17, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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