Wake Me When the War Is Over
Wake Me When the War Is Over poster
Written byJohn Aylesworth
Frank Peppiatt
Directed byGene Nelson
StarringKen Berry
Eva Gabor
Werner Klemperer
Music byFred Steiner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersSidney Morse
Gene Nelson
CinematographyArchie R. Dalzell
Running time74 minutes
Production companyThomas-Spelling Productions
Original releaseOctober 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)

Wake Me When the War Is Over is a 1969 American made-for-television comedy film directed by Gene Nelson and starring Ken Berry and Eva Gabor. It first aired as the ABC Movie of the Week on October 14, 1969.[1]


The film tells the story of the amazingly naive and inept Lieutenant Roger Carrington (Berry) of the United States Army Air Forces beginning in January 1944 during World War II. After accidentally falling out of a C-47 when attempting to drop airborne leaflet propaganda, he lands in German territory. Escaping pursuing German soldiers, he is hidden by a local baroness named Marlene (Gabor). Luckily, Marlene is against the Nazis, and sympathizes with Carrington, taking him under her wing to recover, and eventually falling in love with him.

Unfortunately, when World War II ends, Marlene realizes that Carrington will leave when he finds this out. Not wanting him to go yet, she decides not to tell him about the war ending so he will stay, and she manages to keep him with her for nearly five years, explaining the Allies are continuously losing, then recapturing England. Around then is when Carrington convinces himself that it's his duty to continue fighting on a one man sabotage operation. He leaves Marlene's estate, not realizing he's now in a peacetime country. The only problem is, no one can tell him the war is over because no one around him speaks English including the Baroness' maid Eva who accompanies him.


See also


  1. ^ KEN BERRY: THE NEW KING OF THE RUBE TUBE Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 30 Mar 1969: s2.