Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (film)

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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Cohen
Written bySpike Milligan
Johnny Byrne
Norman Cohen
Produced byNorman Cohen
Greg Smith
StarringJim Dale
Arthur Lowe
Bill Maynard
Tony Selby
Geoffrey Hughes
John Forgeham
Spike Milligan
Pat Coombs
Windsor Davies
Bob Todd
Jim Norton
CinematographyTerry Maher
Edited byTony Lenny
Music byWilfred Burns
Ed Welch
Spike Milligan
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 1973 (1973-01) (London)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is a 1973 British comedy film adaptation of the first volume of Spike Milligan's autobiography. It stars Jim Dale as the young Terence "Spike" Milligan, while Milligan himself plays the part of his father, Leo.[1] Dale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for his performance.


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.

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.



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