Advance to the Rear (1964)

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    aka Company of Cowards


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    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

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • 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

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • 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.

  • 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.

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