Advance to the Rear (1964)

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    • Advance to the Rear (1964)

      aka Company of Cowards


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory.
      Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

      Full Cast
      Glenn Ford ... Capt. Jared Heath
      Stella Stevens ... Martha Lou Williams
      Melvyn Douglas ... Col. Claude Brackenbury
      Jim Backus ... Gen. Willoughby
      Joan Blondell ... Easy Jenn
      Andrew Prine ... Pvt. Owen Selous
      Jesse Pearson ... Cpl. Silas Geary
      Alan Hale Jr. ... Sgt. Beauregard Davis
      James Griffith ... Hugo Zattig
      Whit Bissell ... Capt. Queeg
      Michael Pate ... Thin Elk
      Reginald Denny ... Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)
      Richard Adams ... Courier (uncredited)
      Robert Anderson ... Steamboat Captain (uncredited)
      Ann Blake ... Member of the Law & Order League (uncredited)
      Joe Brooks ... Pvt. Luke Bannerman (uncredited)
      Robert Carson ... Col. Holbert (uncredited)
      Yvonne Craig ... Ora (uncredited)
      John Daheim ... Loafer (uncredited)
      Britt Ekland ... Greta (uncredited)
      Peter Ford ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Preston Foster ... Gen. Bateman (uncredited)
      Sugar Geise ... Mamie (uncredited)
      Barnaby Hale ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
      Kathryn Hart ... Member of the Law & Order League (uncredited)
      Charles Horvath ... Pvt. Jones (uncredited)
      Clegg Hoyt ... Loafer (uncredited)
      Linda Jones ... Junie (uncredited)
      Paul Langton ... Maj. Forsythe (uncredited)
      Mary LeBow ... Mary (uncredited)
      Frank Mitchell ... Pvt. Belmont (uncredited)
      Gregg Palmer ... Gambler (uncredited)
      Allen Pinson ... Pvt. Long (uncredited)
      Janos Prohaska ... Flagpole Sitter (uncredited)
      Eddie Quillan ... Sgt. Smitty (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson ... Monk (uncredited)
      J. Lewis Smith ... Pvt. Fergus 'Slasher' O'Toole (uncredited)
      Paul Smith ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
      Harvey Stephens ... Gen. Dunlop (uncredited)
      Towyna Thomas ... Head of the Law & Order League (uncredited)
      Bill Troy ... Pvt. Jim Fulton (uncredited)
      Sailor Vincent ... Deck Hand (uncredited)
      Ken Wales ... Aide (uncredited)
      Harlan Warde ... Maj. Hayward (CSA) (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Samuel A. Peeples (screen play) and
      William Bowers (screen play)
      Jack Schaefer (story)
      William Chamberlain (novel "The Company of Cowards")
      Robert Carson uncredited

      Original Music
      Randy Sparks

      Milton R. Krasner

      According to Gilligan's Island creator Sherwood Schwartz, he was having trouble casting the right actor
      for the part of the Skipper. Several had auditioned (including Carroll O'Connor)
      but Schwartz couldn't find the right guy. While he was having dinner in a Hollywood restaurant,
      he noticed Alan Hale Jr. dressed in a Civil War uniform, having dinner.
      Schwartz liked what he saw in Hale and began planning on casting him for the Skipper.

      The steamboat used in this movie was originally built and used as the Cotton Blossom,
      in MGM's Show Boat. It was also used in Raintree County and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
      In the 1970s, it was one of the props auctioned off by the studio

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Location
      Janss Conejo Ranch, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Advance to the Rear (1964)

      Advance to the Rear is a light-hearted 1964 western comedy film set in the American Civil War.
      It stars Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens and Melvyn Douglas and is directed by George Marshall.

      The film is based on the 1957 novel Company of Cowards by Jack Schaefer,
      with the film having that title in pre-production and when released in the United Kingdom.
      However, the novel had none of the comedic elements of the film which retained
      only the basic idea of a unit formed out of men who had been court-martialed
      for cowardice and sent out west as well as some character names.

      User Review
      Ford scores another deadpan triumph
      24 June 2005 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      Advance to the Rear is the last of a string of films that Glenn Ford made with director George Marshall.
      As an actor/director combination, they don't rate as high as John Wayne/John Ford
      or Robert DeNiro/Martin Scorsese, but they did turn out a succession of very funny films.

      Back at the beginning of Ford's career, Marshall directed him in Texas along with another young star Bill Holden.
      Than it was almost a decade until they worked together again in one of Ford's best and probably funniest film, The Sheepman.

      Ford had not done that much comedy up till then.
      Marshall took great advantage of Glenn Ford's really great gift
      for deadpanning some fabulous lines.
      They did five more films after that and Ford used him in his television series
      Cade's County. A good director/actor team turning out some great product.

      I think George Marshall's not been given his due. He was best at comedy,
      but could also turn out good westerns. His most noted film, Destry Rides Again is a great blend of both.

      Ford is a newly assigned lieutenant in a company that bears a striking resemblance to F Troop.
      Possibly this film was the inspiration for same.
      After a major snafu, they are assigned out in the west where it is hoped
      they cannot do too much damage to the Union cause.

      And then it's discovered they are to be protecting a major gold shipment that Confederate guerrilla
      James Griffith is out to steal. Ford has an additional complication in that he's fallen for Confederate spy Stella Stevens.

      You'll have a lot of laughs along the way in seeing if and how all these situations are dealt with.
      Another performance of note here is Melvyn Douglas as the commanding officer of the company.
      Douglas, two years past his Oscar for Hud, gets a real change of pace and he looks
      like he's having a ball playing the bumbling and pompous Colonel Brackenby.

      Watch this one and you're in for good afternoon's share of laughs.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Advance to the Rear (1964)

      Only ever saw this movie once and that was when it first came out. Thought it was entertaining and funny. And always liked the song they played in it by The New Christy Minstrels, I think it was called I'll Taste Your Strawberries And Drink Your Sweet Wine.
    • Re: Civil War Movies- Advance to the Rear (1964)

      Good movie. Now if they would release another classic Ford Comedy: Imitation General--then all my favorite Ford Comedies will finally be in my collection.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..