How I Won the War

Date: 1967
Director: Richard Lester
Production Company: Petersham Pictures

Stars: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Jack MacGowran, Michael Hordern, Lee Montague, Karl Michael Vogler
Location(s): Andalucía (Spain), Lower Saxony (Germany)

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Storyline:

An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Breaking the fourth wall, Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford) tells the audience that after rallying to the flag in 1939, he was immediately selected for having officer potential.

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Lieutenant Colonel Grapple (Michael Hordern) addresses the new officers as they file into a trench.

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With wooden rifles, new recruits to the 4th Musketeer Regiment are put through their paces at Catterick.

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Goodbody contemplates marching as Clapper (Roy Kinnear) and a Melancholy Musketeer (Jack Hedley) turn to see that the rest of the men have completed an 'about turn'.

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Corporal Dooley (Ewan Hooper) stands by as Sergeant Transom (Lee Montague) screams at Clapper, Drogue (James Cossins), Spool (Ronald Lacey), Private Gripweed (John Lennon) and the rest of the troop.

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After training, Goodbody and his men are sent to Egypt.

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A General (Robert Hardy) asks the Lieutenant if he'd like to see some action.

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At the side of the road Toby (Jack May) and his fellow Staff Officers (Peter Graves and unknown) exchange bubble gum cards.

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The General tells Goodbody that he wants him to set up an advanced area cricket pitch.

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Becoming separated from his men, Lieutenant Goodbody asks a Trooper if he's seen any Musketeers about.

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Coming out of a nearby tower, Grapple joins Goodbody.

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A cut away to a bridge over the Rhine has the captured Lieutenant speaking with Odlebog (Karl Michael Vogler).

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In a flash forward to the Home Counties, a Large Child (John Junkin) waits excitedly for his father Henry Bridgehouse (Norman Chappell) to tell stories about the second battle of Alamein.

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Back in Germany, Goodbody watches Odlebog tend to his flowers.

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Enemy Soldiers set their sights on Lieutenant Goodbody and his troop.

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A Milkman continues his deliveries as the men dive for cover when the enemy opens fire.

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Recovering from the attack, Goodbody leads his men as they chase the enemy.

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Peering around a corner, the Lieutenant watches the soldiers run away before asking for a grenade.

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Whilst standing with Goodbody, Odlebog prepares to blow up the bridge as the Allies advance.

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Lieutenant Goodbody pulls a crashed motorcycle from the path of Grapple's tank.

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