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Up Front (1951) DVD

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Up Front (1951)


 Alexander Hall


 Bill Mauldin (book), Stanley Roberts


 David Wayne, Tom Ewell, Marina Berti 
Up Front is based on the wartime newspaper cartoons by Stars and Stripes contributor Bill MauldinTom Ewell and David Wayne play Willie and Joe, the mud-caked, unshaven, war-weary protagonists of Mauldin's classic panels. The film is on the right track whenever using direct quotes from the original cartoons ("When we ain't fighting, we gotta ack like soljers?"), but soon the necessity for a plotline weighs down the humor. Also, the film waters down Mauldin's satirical jabs at insensitive Army officers and contradictory rules of conduct (Hollywood was still not permitted to find fault with anything military). Thus, we're left with a moderately entertaining piece of semi-slapstick about Willie and Joe's misadventures up and down the Italian front. Tom Ewell returned to play Willie in Up Front's sequel Willie and Joe Back at the Front (52), but David Wayne was replaced by Harvey Lembeck.

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  1. light fun 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Oct 15th 2015

    Bill mauldins cartoon feature willie and joe come to the big screen.
    Light but still amusing adaptaion of the misadventures of
    Willie and joe.
    Followed by back at the front.
    These are light comedies but still bring some laughs.

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