WriterGerald Gardner, Dee Caruso Release dateJuly 1970 (1970-07) ScreenplayDee Caruso, Gerald Gardner CastJerry Lewis (Brendan Byers III), Jan Murray (Sid Hackle), John Wood (Finkel), Steve Franken (Peter Bland), Willie Davis (Lincoln), Dack Rambo (Terry Love) Similar moviesRelated Jerry Lewis movies
TaglineYou vill see "Which Way to the Front?" ... und you vill laugh!
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A 4-F billionaire (Jerry Lewis) and his odd squad go to Italy in his yacht and capture a Nazi general.
Which Way to the Front? is a 1970 film starring Jerry Lewis. It would be Lewis last released film for eleven years, until 1981s Hardly Working. The unreleased The Day the Clown Cried was filmed in the years between. Which Way to the Front? was released in July 1970 by Warner Bros.
Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis), one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's war against Hitler. Byers does not takes "No" for an answer and recruits other 4-F's to fight against Hitler.
Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis) is a rich playboy who enlists to fight in the war against the Axis powers, but is classified 4-F. He really wants to fight, so he enlists other 4-Fs and some loyal volunteers from his own service staff and forms his own army. He finances their training and equipment. Once completed, they travel to the front in Italy, with Byers impersonating a Nazi general named Eric Kesselring.
The plan is to pull back the German lines, since the front has remained static for too long, enabling the Allies to push forward again. The mission does not go smoothly and they must overcome several obstacles, including the fiery wife of the local mayor who is the real Kesselrings lover, and the real Kesselrings involvement in an assassination attempt on Hitler. Afterwards, they face their next mission: infiltrating the Imperial Japanese command to influence the outcome of the Battle of Kwajalein.
Which Way to the Front? was filmed from November 30, 1969 through February 1, 1970 and received a G rating from the MPAA.
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis appeared as Lincoln, Brendans driver. Actor Dick Miller, who also wrote the films story (credited as "Richard Miller"), has a brief speaking cameo as a lost car driver whose vehicle is shot up by Byers crew during their training.
Jerry Lewis as Brendan Byers
Jan Murray as Sid
Steve Franken as Bland
Kaye Ballard as Senora Messina
Paul Winchell as Schroeder
Kathleen Freeman as Byers Mother
Harold J. Stone as General Buck
John Wood as Finkel
The film received a "BOMB" rating in Leonard Maltins Movie Guide.
Warner Archive released the film on made to order DVD in the United States on May 18, 2010.