Come Inguaiammo l'Esercito (1965)

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Italian cult filmmaker Lucio Fulci (L'Aldila, Zombi 2) continued his long run of Franco and Ciccio comedies with three of them in the second half of 1965. This military-themed farce was the first, casting popular comedians Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia as a pair of bumbling soldiers who try to help a young singer named Nick Moroni (Remo Germani) who has been drafted into the service. Worried that his wife will take their young son with her to the United States, Nick conspires with Franco and Ciccio to hide the child in the barracks. Numerous misadventures ensue. With a cast including Alicia Brandet, Gina Rovere, Nino Terzo, and Umberto D'Orsi, the film is mostly of interest to genre completists, who will probably know that it was based on a story co-written by future schlock director Alfonso Brescia. Others, especially those unaccustomed to the broad slapstick and low comedy of the Franco and Ciccio films, may find it something of an ordeal. The pair reteamed with Fulci a few months later for 002 Operazione Luna.