The Boulting Brothers enjoyed one of their biggest box-office successes of the 1950s with the wry service comedy Private’s Progress. Though billed fourth, Ian Carmichael plays the central character, feckless British soldier Stanley Windrush. Interrupting his college education to serve his country, Windrush flunks out of officer’s candidate school and is demoted to private. Much of the humor arises from the bookish hero’s confrontation with the ruder and cruder side of army life, as represented by rough-hewn fellow private Cox (Richard Attenborough). As Major Hitchcock, Terry-Thomas offers a brilliant parody of the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” school of military service, while Dennis Price is equally amusing as a nonplussed commanding officer named Tracepurcel (!) Also worth watching is future “Dr. Who” star William Hartnell as a loudmouthed sergeant. Halfway through the film, the plot rears its ugly head as the protagonists become involved with the covert reclamation of art treasures confiscated by the Nazis during WW2.
Release date: Jul 23, 1956
Production Company: British Lion Films
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Private’s Progress Caste and Crew
Director: John Boulting
writer: Frank Harvey,John Boulting,Frank Harvey Jr.
Richard Attenborough,Dennis Price,Ian Carmichael,Terry-Thomas,Peter Jones,William Hartnell,Thorley Walters,Jill Adams,Ian Bannen,Victor Maddern,Kenneth Griffith,John Warren,George Coulouris,Derrick De Marney,Miles Malleson,Michael Trubshawe,John Le Mesurier,Sally Miles,Brian Oulton,Nicholas Bruce,David Lodge,David King-Wood,Frank Hawkins,Basil Dignam,Henry Longhurst,Henry Oscar,Theodore Zichy,Michael Ward,Robert Bruce,Ludwig Lawinski,Irlyn Hall,Marianne Stone,Lockwood West,Jack McNaughton,Eynon Evans,Glyn Houston,Christopher Lee,Ronald Adam,Lloyd Lamble