Back at the Front

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Back at the Front
Directed by George Sherman
Starring Tom Ewell
Harvey Lembeck
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Universal-International
Release date
  • October¬†1952¬†(1952-10)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million (US rentals)[1]

Back at the Front (titled Willie and Joe in Tokyo in the UK) is a 1952 American comedy film directed by George Sherman and starring Tom Ewell and Harvey Lembeck, very loosely based on the characters Willie and Joe by Bill Mauldin. It is a sequel to Up Front (1951).


Willie (Ewell) and Joe (Lembeck) are two U.S. Army veterans of World War II who got through the war by Goldbricking. After returning to civilian life they are recalled to active duty and end up part of the post war occupation forces in Japan. Chaos ensues as they attempt one con job after another in order to avoid work details and get leave to spend time in Tokyo.

Mauldin repudiated both films, and refused his advising fee.



  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953

External links

  • Back at the Front on IMDb
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