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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Blake Edwards' Comedy 'What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2013 at 12:41PM

Hot & Cold War Comedy! week begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Blake Edwards' "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?," one of the director's "most underrated pictures."
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"What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?"
"What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?"

Hot & Cold War Comedy! week begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Blake Edwards' "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?," one of the director's "most underrated pictures."

James Coburn, in one of his first starring roles, adopts many of producer-director Blake Edwards' personal mannerisms as a Bilko-like lieutenant trying to trick a Sicilian town into surrendering during WW II. Intended as the first of a planned six coproductions between The Mirisch Company and Edwards, this one (based on a question his son once asked him) and The Party were the only ones completed. Largely forgotten today, it's one of Edwards' most underrated pictures.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.