The Secret War of Harry Frigg


1h 50m 1968

Brief Synopsis

When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the guard house dozens of times. He is promoted to Major General (2 stars) and ordered to get the generals out once he is captured. Harry is willing to escape, but then he meets the countess ...

Film Details

Also Known As
Harry Frigg, Meanwhile, Far From the Front, The Best Kept Secret of the War
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 Feb 1968
Production Company
Albion Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Sierra Madre, Southern California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In World War II, five general officers--three American, one British, and one French--are captured in a Tunisian turkish bath by Italians and detained in a luxurious villa in Italy under the command of Colonel Ferrucci. Soon it becomes clear to the Allied powers that the five officers cannot agree on a plan for escaping from their comfortable prison; consequently, public relations head Homer Prentiss recruits Pvt. Harry Frigg, known for his consistent, grandiose escapes from Army guardhouses, to spring the generals. Promoted instantly to major general in order to facilitate his command of the other officers, Frigg is then parachuted into Italy. After his capture by the enemy and imprisonment in the villa, he immediately begins haranguing the five men about their inability to organize an escape plan; when Frigg meets Contessa Francesca di Montefiore, the neutral owner of the villa, however, he becomes less intent on escape and delays the generals with a series of training programs. The escape night finally arrives, but it is postponed as a favor to Ferrucci, who is to be made a general at midnight. German officers arrive and promptly at midnight announce that Italy has surrendered and all prisoners will be transported to a German prison camp. Away from the comforts of both villa and countess, Frigg reverts to his former self and swiftly engineers a successful escape; as a reward, he is recommended for a commission by the five generals and allowed to run an Army radio station located back at the villa.

Film Details

Also Known As
Harry Frigg, Meanwhile, Far From the Front, The Best Kept Secret of the War
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 Feb 1968
Production Company
Albion Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Sierra Madre, Southern California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Location scenes filmed in the Sierra Madre section of southern California. Working titles: The Best Kept Secret of the War; Harry Frigg; and Meanwhile, Far from the Front.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States February 1968

Released in United States Winter February 1968

c Technicolor

Techniscope

Released in United States February 1968

Released in United States Winter February 1968