War comedy written and directed by Blake Edwards. Dick Shawn plays Lionel Cash, an army captain who is sent to Italy during the Second World War to take over a group of misfit soldiers, led by Lieutenant Christian (James Coburn). Cash's orders are to capture a nearby Italian village. He finds the Italian soldiers eager to surrender, but first they insist that the Americans join them for a night of partying at the local festival. However, when German and American reconnaissance planes mistake the merrymaking for streetfighting, and decide to come to the aid of their respective allies, chaos ensues.