Tricked into joining the RAF by a wily judge, wide boy Horace Pope (Alfred Lynch) sets his sights on the main chance, teams with slow-witted, good-hearted gypsy Pedlar Pascoe (Sean Connery), and works up a lucrative racket in conning both his colleagues and the RAF. By means of various devious schemes Pope and Pascoe manage to avoid the front lines until they are sent to France – where they find themselves making unexpected and uncomfortably close contact with the enemy…
On The Fiddle – A Pre-Bond Connery
For this who live in a world where they mainly know Sean Connery for Bond and his strong Scottish accent in later films, then On The Fiddle is a bit of a surprise with Connery in a role as part of a duo that as the title says are on the fiddle during World War II.
As the two go through the film trying to make a bob or two, they go from a couple of rouges to a couple of heroes in a film is full of 60s type one liners and innocent jokes, add in the W.A.A.F. and the film works funnily well.
On The Fiddle was released in 1961 and later in 1965 in the US under the title “Operation Snafu“, why the delay, I’m not too sure off, but may be the US audience wasn’t ready for what is a very British comedy, then along came Connery as Bond and may be it was released then to follow his success as 007.
On The Fiddle – Pure Classic British Comedy
I’m one of those people who loves the classic Black and White movies and On The Fiddle is certainly one of those Classic British Films that even though it is in Black and White it still funny and had that appeal to a movie fan.
With a superb cast of great British actors from the time with faces a classic film fan will certainly recognise, it’s a fun film and we often forget, in this day and age of CGI, sex and violence, that at around the 50s and 60s films were made in a very different way and I do miss these types of film.
For someone like myself that appreciates the classics, it’s great to have On The Fiddle released on DVD with a new digital transfer, bringing to our screens with a clear picture and sound, yes it’s Black and White, but who cares.
It’s been some years since I’d seen On The Fiddle, I was very young the last time I saw it on BBC2 and now I have a DVD to enjoy anytime I want, certainly a change from modern-day movies, gives me the incentive to go through my other classic films on DVD to appreciate the old ways of making Classic British Films.
On The Fiddle stars Sean Connery, Alfred Lynch, Ed Sullivan, Cecil Parker, Barbara Windsor and Stanley Holloway. Directed by Cyril Frankel and written by R.F. Delderfield (novel), Harold Buchman(screenplay)
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