According to the February 1970 edition of "Movie News" magazine (Australia), "Each separate location in Malaya was heavily guarded by the local police. They were particularly concerned about the rifles used in the film which were carefully checked in and out each night at the local jail. An official explained: "There are still outbreaks on the Northern borders and we take every precaution against it spreading". In fact, producers Leslie Gilliat and Ned Sherrin had to personally vouch for the gunpowder required for one scene".
Debut film in 1969 of James Cosmo who also appeared in the same year's Battle of Britain (1969) which was released first.
After Tom Jones (1963) and Georgy Girl (1966), this was the third and final film in which both Lynn Redgrave and her mother Rachel Kempson appear.
When extras playing soldiers in the film trudged into Pinewood Lake on the studio's lot, they bumped into submerged cans of priceless British films from the 30s. The nitrate copies of these films was considered too unstable to be stored in crowded London during the Blitz, so they were stored in the more rural Pinewood Studios. The decomposing, dangerously flammable film was ultimately consigned to the lake as those in charge could not imagine their future value in the home entertainment industry.
During the scene where Brigg and Lantry are talking at the bar a young David Bowie can be very briefly glimpsed being escorted away by the barman. Despite auditioning and getting into the film, Bowie can only be seen briefly in this shot in the finished film.
Lady Redgrave Rachel Kempson and Lynn Redgrave, real life mother and daughter, played mother and daughter in the movie.
Film critic David Pirie said the film was "a mating of Private's Progress (1956) and The Family Way (1966) with bits of Jungle Fighters (1961) thrown in".
One of a number of sex comedies of the late 1960s and early 1970s starring English actor Hywel Bennett.
The movie featured an Asian call-girl character who had the memorable name of "Juicy Lucy". She was played by former You Only Live Twice (1967) Bond Girl Tsai Chin.
Star Billing: Lynn Redgrave (1st), Hywel Bennett (2nd), Nigel Davenport (3rd) and Nigel Patrick (4th).
The picture had a movie poster and promotional materials featuring a completely naked male soldier running and carrying just a rifle with a small tattoo of the Union Jack flag tattooed on one of his buttock's cheeks. Some posters toned this down to having the soldier wearing Union Jack underpants.
According to Wikipedia, "in the film, the locomotive destroyed was one of the last four used to haul mainline BR steam - the famous Fifteen Guinea Special".
About three years after this film was made and first released, the picture's music composer Peter Greenwell scored another military comedy movie, that being Up the Front (1972) starring Frankie Howerd.
The movie spawned one sequel, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), made and released around eight years later in 1977.
Of the film's cast and crew, excluding writer Leslie Thomas, only actor Nigel Davenport worked on the movie's sequel Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).
The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by Leslie Thomas had been first published in 1966. Thomas did not write the screenplay for this film but he did for its sequel Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).
"The Virgin Soldiers" (1966) was the first novel written by author Leslie Thomas. It spawned two sequels, "Onward Virgin Soldiers" (1971) and "Stand Up Virgin Soldiers" (1975), the latter being the name of this movie's one and only sequel Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).
The name of the band at the night-club was "The Rascals", the name of entertainment venue was "Fred's Bar" and the name of the military encampment in Singapore was the "Panglin Barracks".