This week on Trailers from Hell, the articulate Brian Trenchard-Smith revisits Jack Arnold's 1959 comedy "The Mouse That Roared," starring Peter Sellers, in three roles, and Jean Seberg.
The nearly bankrupt country of Grand Fenwick declares war on the United States in order to receive the financial aid that would be awarded the tiny country after their inevitable defeat. Unfortunately, they win. Peter Sellers stars (in three different roles) alongside Jean Seberg in this 1959 British cold-war farce written by Roger MacDougall (THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT) and directed by sojourning American Jack Arnold (Arnold went on to shoot an unsold TV pilot based on MOUSE with Sid Caesar inheriting the roles played by Sellers). Grand Fenwick and its hapless citizenry returned in 1963's THE MOUSE ON THE MOON, directed by Richard Lester.