|Directed by||Harry Watt|
|Screenplay by|| Angus MacPhail,|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Starring|| Tommy Trinder,|
Francis L. Sullivan,
James Robertson Justice
|Edited by||Eily Boland|
|Music by||Spike Hughes|
|Distributed by||Ealing Distribution|
|88 minutes |
(65 minutes USA edit) 
Fiddlers Three is a 1944 British black-and-white musical comedy. It includes a number of musical sections, mainly focussing on replacing the word "home" with "Rome". The film was produced by Michael Balcon and directed by Harry Watt. The cast included Tommy Trinder, Sonnie Hale, Frances Day, Francis L. Sullivan, Diana Decker and Elisabeth Welch. Making their film debuts were James Robertson Justice,  and Kay Kendall near the bottom of the cast list, as the "Girl Who Asks About Her Future At Orgy".  The film follows the adventures of two sailors and a Wren who are struck by lightning and transported back to Ancient Rome, where they are accepted as seers.
The title comes from the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole".
The film was called While Nero Fiddled on its USA release. It is a loose sequel to the 1940 film Sailors Three which had also starred Trinder. The film was only moderately successful at the British Box Office but proved to be a major hit in Australia. 
Tommy Taylor and "The Professor", two sailors returning from leave to Portsmouth on a tandem bicycle, they sing Sweet Fanny Adams - a song which now sounds very innocent but was extremely risque at the time.
They rescue Lydia, a Wren, who had been hitch-hiking on the road and was assaulted by an over-amorous driver. They get a puncture as they reach Stonehenge. The professor tells them of an old legend that those caught at Stonehenge at midnight on midsummer's night are transported back in time. Moments later the area is struck by lightning. Nearby a group of Roman soldiers have suddenly appeared whom they initially mistake for members of ENSA. However, they swiftly prove to be genuine Romans who arrest them and threaten instant death unless they can prove they are Druids.
Among the musical numbers in the picture, Tommy Trinder gives a stupendous performance as "Senorita Alvarez" from Brazil (impersonating Carmen Miranda). Caesar creates him a Dame of the Roman Empire for his performance.
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