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Advance to the Rear (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, War, Western | 1964 (Italy)
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A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Samuel A. Peeples (screen play), William Bowers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Capt. Jared Heath
Stella Stevens ... Martha Lou Williams
Melvyn Douglas ... Col. Claude Brackenbury
Jim Backus ... Gen. Willoughby
Joan Blondell ... Easy Jenny
Andrew Prine ... Pvt. Owen Selous
Jesse Pearson ... Cpl. Silas Geary
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sgt. Beauregard Davis (as Alan Hale)
James Griffith ... Hugo Zattig
Whit Bissell ... Capt. Queeg
Michael Pate ... Thin Elk
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Storyline

In 1862, during the American Civil War, a company of Union infantrymen, commanded by Colonel Claude Brackenbury, receives an order to attack the Confederate positions. Due to a mishap, the colonel's horse stampedes toward the rear of the front. The confused soldiers, deployed in assault formation, follow their colonel in a rush. This is seen by the consequent Board of Inquiry as plain cowardice in the face of the enemy. As a result, Colonel Brackenbury is demoted to the rank of Captain and his executive officer, Captain Jared Heath, is demoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As further punishment, Brackenbury and Heath, together with a few of their NCOs are transferred West, to Fort Hooker where they are to take charge of a company of misfits and rejects. The new company is designated as Company Q. On the way West, the demoted officers travel on a river-boat. Among the passengers there are several prostitutes, led by Madam Easy Jenny, who are being run out of town by the decent townsfolk. ... Written by nufs68

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You've heard of the Victors...Now see the Losers!!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Advance to the Rear See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neither side in the Civil War had regiments with companies designated as "Q". Screw-up outfits and misfits were, however called Company Q. See more »

Goofs

From an opening title card, the film begins in the spring of 1862. Right after the inquest, Gen. Willoughby quotes Gen. Sherman as saying "war is hell". That did not occur until September of 1864. See more »

Quotes

Martha Lou: Do you always just stand calmly by when you see a lady being molested?
Heath: Oh, you'd be surprised how few ladies I've seen molested. Matter of fact, the last time was about 7 years ago.
Martha Lou: Well what did you do then?
Heath: Well,,,,, I uh,,,, I walks over to her an asks if I could be of some assistance, and she just slaps my face, like you did to that fella there. Told me to mind my own business.
Martha Lou: Oh.
Heath: Then this fella she's with, he starts to workin' me over, and between the two of em', they convert me to ...
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Soundtracks

Brackenby's Music Box
Written by Randy Sparks (uncredited)
Performed by The New Christy Minstrels
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Not the typical comedy, and not the typical hero.
12 January 2020 | by Rose1533See all my reviews

Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Initially, I wanted to see it because my favorite camp song, Today, was written for it. I've been searching for it on my cable guide for years and finally found it. I was surprised how fun it was!


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