February 24, 2017


Private’s Progress – 1956 | 99mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Private's Progress

Private’s Progress was the Boulting Brothers satirical antidote to the stiff upper-lip productions of the 40s and 50s, this is more the province of a Carry On Marching. Naive student Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) leaves college to become a national serviceman, he flounders at officer’s school and is reduced to the rank of private. Eventually Windrush is sent on a mission behind enemy lines with his shady platoon, they embark on an unofficial raid to liberate Nazi-acquired art treasures from a country castle. One of the great fighting platoons off British comedy, includes Terry-Thomas as the high-brow Major Hitchcock, Dennis Price in the role of Stanley’s commanding officer and Richard Attenborough as the scheming Private Cox, together they work some classic comedy manoeuvres.

Production Team

John Boulting: Director
Eric Cross: Cinematography
Anthony Harvey: Editing
John Addison: Music
Roy Boulting: Producer
John Boulting: Script
Frank Harvey Jr: Script


Ian Carmichael: Stanley Windrush
Richard Attenborough: Pvt Cox
Dennis Price: Brigadier Bertram Tracepurcel
Terry-Thomas: Maj Hitchcock
William Hartnell: Sgt Sutton
Peter Jones: Egan
Ian Bannen: Pvt Horrocks
Thorley Walters: Capt Bootle
Jill Adams: rudence Greenslade
Victor Maddern: Pvt George Blake
Kenneth Griffith: Pvt Dai Jones
Derrick De Marney: Pat
Miles Malleson: Mr Windrush
Michael Trubshawe: Col Panshawe
John Le Mesurier: Psychiatrist
Christopher Lee: Nazi Officer
David Lodge: Guard

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