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Filmed in Britain by Czechoslovakian director Karel Lamac, Schweik's New Adventures is a based on a book by Czech humorist Jaroslav Hasek-a pungent piece of anti-Nazi propaganda that managed a widespread European distribution right under the noses of the Gestapo! Lloyd Pearson stars as the "Good Soldier" Schweik, a goodnatured schlemiel who manages to squeak through life by plain dumb luck. The thing of it is, Schweik's stupidity reveals the even greater imbecilities of the Third Reich-much to the dismay of a pompous Gestapo chief (Julian Mitchell). The well chosen supporting cast includes a young Richard Attenborough as a resourceful railway worker. The whimsy of the Hasek original gives way to music-hall slapstick in Con West's screen adaptation. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi