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The Cuckoo Patrol (1967)

A well-named scout troop, played by a real life pop group, jump through good turn hoops, but keep landing in the soup.


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Lew Schwarz (screenplay), Freddie & The Dreamers (story outline) (as Freddie and The Dreamers) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Garrity Freddie Garrity ... Cuckoo Patrol
Bernie Dwyer Bernie Dwyer ... Cuckoo Patrol
Derek Quinn Derek Quinn ... Cuckoo Patrol
Peter Birrell Peter Birrell ... Cuckoo Patrol
Roy Crewdson Roy Crewdson ... Cuckoo Patrol
Kenneth Connor ... Wick
John Le Mesurier ... Gibbs
Victor Maddern ... Dicko
Arthur Mullard ... Yossle
Ernest Clark ... Marshall
Basil Dignam ... Snodgrass
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Superman No.1.
Neil McCarthy ... Superman No.2.
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Scout Mistress
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Police Inspector


A well-named scout troop, played by a real life pop group, jump through good turn hoops, but keep landing in the soup.

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Release Date:

16 July 1967 (UK) See more »

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Eternal Films See more »
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1.66 : 1
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The opening sequence where the troupe assemble was filmed in Blackpool where the band were playing a summer season. See more »


The Cuckoo Patrol
Music and lyrics by Freddie Garrity, Peter Birrell, Roy Crewdson, Bernie Dwyer, Derek Quinn (as Frederick Garrity and the Dreamers)
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Yes. This film was certainly released.
22 May 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

In answer to another comment from someone who wondered whether this film had been released, I can assure him/her that it was. I remember seeing the photographs outside a London cinema around 1967 or 1968. If I remember correctly, Freddie Garity was dressed as a boy scout. As a boy scout myself at the time I can tell you that each troop is divided into patrols, and that each patrol is named after an animal or a bird.

By that time, Freddie and the Dreamers were past their sell-by date. I did not want to see an overgrown Freddie playing a boy scout, so it did not take much willpower to resist the urge to enter the cinema.

With hindsight, I can see that Freddie and Co were unique in rock music, and were a better band than people give them credit for. But, at the time, pop stars were put in films that were usually absolute crap. The only film of this kind that I have found impressive is Adam Faith in Mix Me a Person.

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