In an interview on the DVD to one of his personal triumphs, The Party, director Blake Edwards says he decided to make that film after finishing another project that wasn’t very successful. Here is the one that wasn’t very successful, but it’s sure a great-looking widescreen print on Blu-ray.
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? is one of the mildly satirical, mostly slapstick WWII comedies that came out in the spate of ‘60s war dramas. A lot of movies were about special teams with difficult assignments, and many of these adopted at least a partly insubordinate tone about ragtag misfits, such as Steve McQueen’s character The Great Escape or the cast of The Dirty Dozen. The ideas are that regular officers are incompetent and war is hell, but rugged individuals can have a grand time. No movies were mentioning Vietnam yet (The Green Berets was 1968), but the shadow of its restless, unspoken presence looms dimly.