Up Front (1951)

Based on the famed W.W.II cartoons: Lowbrow G.I.s Willie and Joe, on the Italian front, are good soldiers in combat, but meet the antics of gung-ho Captain Johnson and other military snafus with a barrage of wry comments. On a 3-day pass in Naples, Joe’s penchant for wine and women involves the pair with luscious Emi Rosso and her moonshiner father, whose tangled affairs land them in ever deeper trouble.

Director: Alexander Hall.
Stars: David Wayne, Tom Ewell, Marina Berti, Jeffrey Lynn, Richard Egan, Maurice Cavell, Vaughn Taylor, Silvio Minciotti, Paul Harvey, Roger De Koven, Grazia Narciso, Tito Vuolo, Mickey Knox.

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  1. carle
    October 2, 2019
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    thanks. took me back. dad brought home a copy of the book from the war and i loved it. and i loved it even more when the parts i couldn’t understand when i was younger made me laugh when i was older. so, unlike most good service comedies, the best parts were the one in combat, on the line. that’s where mauldin (funny how close it comes to maudlin) shines thru: simple honesty and one-liners, that’s why ewell’s montone is so fitting. the naples stuf? feh. but all in all, terrif trip down the old grey cell lane.

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