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Up Front Details


Up Front is based on the wartime newspaper cartoons by contributor Bill Mauldin. Tom Ewell and David Wayne play Willie and Joe, the mud-caked, unshaven, war-weary protagonists of Mauldin's classic panels. The film is on the right track whenever using direct quotes from the original cartoons ("When we ain't fighting, we gotta ack like soljers?"), but soon the necessity for a plotline weighs down the humor. Also, the film waters down Mauldin's satirical jabs at insensitive Army officers and contradictory rules of conduct (Hollywood was still not permitted to find fault with anything military). Thus, we're left with a moderately entertaining piece of semi-slapstick about Willie and Joe's misadventures up and down the Italian front. Tom Ewell returned to play Willie in Up Front's sequel David Wayne (52), but David Wayne was replaced by Harvey Lembeck. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


David Wayne
as Joe
Tom Ewell
as Willie
Marina Berti
as Emi Rosso
Jeffrey Lynn
as Capt. Ralph Johnson
Richard Egan
as Capa
Vaughn Taylor
as Maj. Lester
Silvio Minciotti
as Poppa Rosso
Paul Harvey
as Col. Akeley
Grazia Narciso
as Signora Carvadossi
Tito Vuolo
as Tarantino
Mickey Knox
as Driver


Stanley Roberts
Bill Mauldin
Book Author
Russell Metty
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph E. Gershenson
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director