Invasion Quartet

1961

Jay Lewis
Director
MGM
Studio

Group of wounded officers recuperating at a military hospital, along with a Home Guard Colonel, decide to return to active service by sailing to France and blowing up Big Herman, a German gun that has been terrorizing the English countryside and preventing locals from using the outhouse.

Amusing take on The Guns of Navarone (released the same year) is not quite a great comedy, but affable enough. Milligan isn't given enough to do (indeed, his bits of schtick could be excised with no impact on the plot), but the cast is game, and Ron Goodwin's martial/farcical score is a highlight. Le Mesurier particualrly seems to be rehearsing for his future role in Dad's Army. And quite good special effects for a comedy!

Note: Credited cast listed first, with uncredited and unknown roles listed in order of appearance. Thanks to Gerald Lovell for helping ID some of the unknowns, too!

-Dave W.


Invasion Quartet
1st September 1961
Cinema



91 mins
1.85:1

Invasion Quartet
10th December 1961
Cinema



87 mins
1.85:1



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Bill Travers
Major Freddie Oppenheimer
Spike Milligan
Lt. Godfrey Pringle
Grégoire Aslan
Major Pierre Debrie
John Le Mesurier
The Colonel
Thorley Walters
Lt. Commander Cummings
Maurice Denham
Doctor Barker
Thelma Ruby
Matron
Millicent Martin
Sister Kay Manning
Cyril Luckham
Colonel Harbottle
William Mervyn
Naval Officer (as Bill Mervyn)
John Wood
Duty Officer - War Office
Alexander Archdale
Brigadier - War Office
Bernard Hunter
Coding Officer - War Office
Peter Swanwick
Gun Commander
Ernst Ulman
Sergeant Blodl
Eric Sykes
German Band Leader
David Lander
Maquis Leader
Jimmy Charters
Laughing Officer at Cricket Match
(uncredited)
Sydney Arnold
Gent Attempting to Use Outhouse
(uncredited)
Gordon Phillott
Elderly Home Guard Sergeant
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-03
Sister
Unknown 9557-61
Sister
Unknown 9557-04
Officer at Crater
Unknown 9557-05
Officer at Crater
Unknown 9557-06
German Gunner in Bunker
Unknown 9557-07
Farmer
Unknown 9557-08
Stretcher Bearer
Gerald Case
Medical Board Officer
(uncredited)
John Dunbar
Medical Board Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-09
Kitchen Staff
Unknown 9557-10
Kitchen Staff
Ken Hutchins
RAF Officer at Medical Review
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-12
RN Officer at Medical Review
Donald Oliver
Gray, Army Officer at Medical Review
(uncredited)
Martin Lyder
German Officer in Bunker
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-14
Sister at Party
Unknown 9557-62
Officer at Party
Unknown 9557-63
Officer at Party
Unknown 9557-64
Sister at Party
Jim Brady
Officer at Party
(uncredited)
John Crocker
The Storeman (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-15
Confused Sister
Unknown 9557-16
Card Player
John H. Watson
Card Player (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-17
Card Player
Unknown 9557-18
Coast Guard
Unknown 9557-19
Coast Guard
Unknown 9557-20
Sailor on Motor Launch
Unknown 9557-21
Sailor on Motor Launch
Unknown 9557-22
Sailor on Motor Launch
Michael McStay
Doctor (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-24
French Girl in Town
Unknown 9557-25
French Man in Town
Howard Douglas
German Bandmember (uncredited)
Jim Tyson
German Bandmember (uncredited)
Ian Wilson
German Bandmember (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-27
German Bandmember
Unknown 9557-28
German Bandmember
Unknown 9557-29
German Bandmember
Unknown 9557-66
German Bandmember
Unknown Male 29
German Bandmember
Unknown 9557-30
French Bus Driver
Ted Carroll
French Bus Passenger (uncredited)
John Lynn
French Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Beresford Williams
French Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Eunice Black
French Lady on Bus (uncredited)
Marie France
Pretty French Girl on Bus
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-34
Pretty French Girl's Husband
Unknown 9557-35
French Lady on Bus
Unknown 9557-36
Drunk German Soldier on Bus
Victor Beaumont
Drunk German Soldier on Bus
(uncredited)
Walter Henry
Gate Guard (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-39
Gate Guard
Unknown 9557-40
Major Questioning Freddie
Peter Zander
German Officer in Bunker
(uncredited)
Michael Sarne
German Gun Captain (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-43
Gunner Operating Shell Hoist
Unknown 9557-44
German Gunner
John Roden
German Gunner (uncredited)
Richard Marner
German NCO
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-46
German Gunner at Plotting Table
Unknown 9557-47
German Gunner
Norman Johns
German Officer in Bunker
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-49
Angry Scorched German
Theodore Wilhelm
German Officer (uncredited)
Tom Bowman
Radio Operator - War Office
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-51
German Officer Shouting "Gas!"
Peter Evans
German Officer (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-53
German Cyclist
Charles Brodie
Maquis Deputy Leader
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-54
Maquis
Gerry Judge
Maquis (uncredited)
Unknown 9557-55
Maquis
Unknown 9557-56
Maquis
Unknown 9557-57
Maquis
Unknown 9557-58
Maquis
Ned Lynch
Maquis (uncredited)
Bruce Wightman
Maquis Radio Operator
(uncredited)
Ian Ainsley
German Officer Commanding Big Adolf
(uncredited)
Unknown 9557-60
German Officer in Big Adolf Bunker

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