Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (film)
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is a 1973 film adaptation of the first volume of Spike Milligan's autobiography. It starred Jim Dale as the young Terence "Spike" Milligan, while Milligan himself played the part of his father, Leo. Dale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for his performance.
|Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall|
Theatrical release poster.
|Directed by||Norman Cohen|
|Produced by||Norman Cohen|
|Written by||Spike Milligan|
|Music by||Wilfred Burns|
|Edited by||Tony Lenny|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Aspiring jazz musician Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill-on-Sea, where he begins training to take part in World War II. But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes.
The film is based on the first volume of Milligan's war memoirs. Although it broadly follows Milligan's book, some scenes were created specifically for the film and all of the character names (apart from the Milligan family) are fictional.
- Jim Dale as Spike Milligan
- Arthur Lowe as Major Drysdale
- Bill Maynard as Sergeant Ellis
- Tony Selby as Bill
- Geoffrey Hughes as Larry
- Jim Norton as Pongo
- John Forgeham as Wally
- Windsor Davies as Sergeant McKay
- Spike Milligan as Leo Milligan (Spike's father)
- Pat Coombs as Florence Milligan (Spike's mother)
- Bob Todd as the Referee
- Gregory Phillips as Desmond Milligan (Spike's brother)
- Alvar Liddell as himself (news broadcaster)
- Robert Longden as Heavenly Bliss