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Back at the Front Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Back at the Front is the second of two film comedies based on the wartime cartoons of Bill Mauldin. As in Bill Mauldin, the principal characters are woebegone GIs Willie and Joe: Tom Ewell is back as Willie, but Harvey Lembeck replaces David Wayne as Joe. The original purpose of Mauldin's newspaper cartoons--to give enlisted men a surreptitious means of blowing off steam concerning the iniquities of war and the occasional idiocies of their officers--is completely ignored in Back at the Front. Instead, we are offered a very standard spy plot set in postwar Tokyo, involving femme fatale Mari Blanchard and a shipment of booby-trapped food tins. Back at the Front could have been done just as well with Abbott and Costello--better, in fact. Watch in the closing scenes for David Janssen, playing a one-line bit as a rookie soldier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Tom Ewell
as Willie
Harvey Lembeck
as Joe
Mari Blanchard
as Nida
Barry Kelley
as Gen. Dixon
Vaughn Taylor
as Maj. Ormsby
Richard Long
as Sgt. Rose
Russell Johnson
as Johnny Redondo
Gregg Palmer
as Capt. White
Aram Katcher
as Ben
George Ramsey
as Pete Wilson
Benson Fong
as Rickshaw Boy

Crew

George Sherman
Director
Lou Breslow
Screenwriter
Don McGuire
Screenwriter
Oscar Brodney
Screenwriter
Clifford Stine
Cinematographer
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Herman Stein
Composer (Music Score)
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Weatherwax
Editor
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
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