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The Mouse that Roared

Released 1959
Distributor Columbia

About The Mouse that Roared

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.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smithhas been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting. (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.)  His cult favorites include The Man from Hong KongTurkey ShootBMX BanditsStunt RockThe Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s.   He recently directed The Cabin, a blended family romantic comedy starring Lea Thompson, which premiered on Hallmark, and Absolute Deception, a female driven suspense mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Emmanuelle Vaugier which is now available on DVD, PPV, and via download. He is currently shooting a quirky buddy action comedy Hard Drive with John Cusack and Thomas Jane.  Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Ph.D.  His dream project - the true story of England's most maligned King of England, Richard the Third.  
  • kirdoodle

    Great shout out for the Reemes book! I picked up a copy in a used book store many presidential administrations ago, and it has been one of my favorites every since!

  • Burl

    Ha ha, this and Dr. Strangelove are my father’s two favourite pictures, and I certainly inherited his fondness for them! (He also loves big-bug movies, Tarantula in particular, though he wouldn’t know Jack Arnold from a hole in the ground!) Anyway, The Mouse That Roared is a terrific movie and one I must revisit sometime soon! I’ll also look for that Jack Arnold book – had no idea it existed! I recognize that distinctive “McFarland Orange” when I see it, though!

  • Stephen Cooke

    Glad to see the trailer includes a clip of Canadian actor Austin Willis, who plays the U.S. Secretary of Defense (he also appears in the opening scenes of Goldfinger, playing cards in Miami Beach). I got to know Willis when he retired to his birthplace, my hometown of Halifax, and he showed me pictures of himself on the set with Peter Sellers. He said Sellers had a special fondness for Canadians, after serving with them in the Second World War, and they got on well. He even got invited to go for a ride in Sellers’ new Bentley, the comedian’s first one (I guess he was a bit car-mad), which he was quite proud of. It was also nice to hear a positive behind-the-scenes story about Sellers for a change.