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Which Way to the Front? (1970)

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In this Jerry Lewis comedy, the wealthy Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis) attempts to join up to fight in World War II, but is turned down. Instead, Byers manages to set up his own army and takes them to Germany with a far-fetched plan to capture an important Nazi officer.

Cast

Jerry Lewis
as Brendan Byers III
Jan Murray
as Hackle
John Wood
as Finkel
Willie Davis
as Lincoln
Paul Winchell
as Schroeder
Kaye Ballard
as Mayor's Wife
Harold J. Stone
as Gen. Luther Buck
Joe Besser
as Dock Master
Gary Crosby
as SS Guard
Artie Lewis
as SS Guard
Danny Dayton
as Man in car
Kathleen Freeman
as Bland's mother
Neil Hamilton
as Chief of staff
Milton Frome
as Executive
Bob Lauher
as Sergeant
Bobo Lewis
as Bland's Wife
George Takei
as Yamashita
Martin Kosleck
as German Submarine Commander
Fritz Feld
as Von Runstadt
Mike Mazurki
as Rocky (uncredited)
Ronald Lewis
as Lt. Levitch
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½

Not the most funny, but still a nice and often lost film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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½

Now THIS is amusing! Most critics, if not all, did not appreciate this film. Doesn't matter. Few things make me laugh anymore, but this film did more than once. Off beat humor to be sure, rather slow paced as well, but this film is to me a series of skits connected together. Comic legend Jerry Lewis does some pretty original stuff in this one. SEE the entire film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PGW6l-puU4 Tends to be too long however and the premise is crazy. On finding out he is rejected from serving in WWII, Lewis the billionaire decides to make his own army. Of course, the Germans are made to look stupid as our band of merrymen make their way to the front. Many of the sets are in studio. Like the one on a yacht that's supposed to be on the high seas speeding toward Europe. There are no waves, no water, nothing to tell you the crew is on water at all. This is not Lewis's finest hour, but still I found much of the film entertaining and clever and intentionally stupid. Lewis uses his usual group of actors seen in many of his films. REVIEWS: 100% One Jerry Lewis' funnier movies. Sure it may be dated and somewhat offensive but so what. 20% 26/100. Terribly unfunny, to the point of being offensive. This is one of Jerry Lewis' worst films, and considering how many bad movies he has made,... 10% The film received a "BOMB" rating in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. [img]http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/6PGW6l-puU4/mqdefault.jpg[/img] A lot of B actors in this one, like the one seated NOTES: 1 Which Way to the Front? is a 1970 film starring Jerry Lewis. It would be Lewis' last released film for eleven years, until 1981's Hardly Working. 2 All-Star Los Angeles Dodgers Centerfielder Willie Davis appeared as Lincoln, Brendan's driver. [img]http://technicolouryawn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/WHICH-WAY-TO-THE-FRONT-VDI-300x201.jpg[/img] newspaper promotion Directed by Jerry Lewis Produced by Jerry Lewis Written by Gerald Gardner Dee Caruso Starring Jerry Lewis Jan Murray Willie Davis Joe Besser Kathleen Freeman Paul Winchell Sidney Miller Distributed by Warner Bros. Release date(s) July 1970 Running time 96 minutes English [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1f/Whichwaytothefront.jpg/220px-Whichwaytothefront.jpg[/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Terribly unfunny, to the point of being offensive. This is one of Jerry Lewis? worst films, and considering how many bad movies he has made, that is saying a lot. The only thing worse than Jerry Lewis as an actor, is Jerry Lewis as a director. The only thing good or in the least bit memorable are a few of the small supporting performances, notably Kathleen Freeman. Otherwise this is a horrendously written and boring mess.

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