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On Dress Parade (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  18 November 1939 (USA)
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The Dead End Kids are sent to military school.


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Complete credited cast:
Billy Halop ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Cadet Ronny Morgan
Huntz Hall ...
Cadet Johnny Cabot
Gabriel Dell ...
Cadet Georgie Warren
Slip Duncan
Bernard Punsly ...
Dutch (as Bernard Punsley)
Col. Michael Riker
Frankie Thomas ...
Cadet Lt. Murphy
Cecilia Loftus ...
Mrs. Neeley (as Cissie Loftus)
Capt. Evans Dover
Father Ryan
Douglas Meins ...
William Gould ...
Dr. Lewis
Col. Wm. Duncan (as Don Douglas)


Colonel Riker was a hero in the trenches in 1918. He now heads Washington Military Academy. His pal Bill Duncan, dying, requests Riker to school his son Shirley ("Slip"), a juvenile delinquent. Slip starts fights, disputes all regulations, but Riker believes in him. When the truth comes out, that Slip got into the academy as a means of evading reform school, Slip leaves, but Jack Rollins tries to stop him. The squad roughhouses Slip, but in the mêlée, Jack is pushed out a window. Hurt badly, he nevertheless begs that Slip be kept. Slip has a change of heart, but now must contend with the boys who hate him. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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18 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead End Kids at Military School  »

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1.37 : 1
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The last of seven movies featuring The Dead End Kids. See more »


Followed by You're Not So Tough (1940) See more »


My Buddy
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played as background music at Duncan's death scene
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What You'd Expect
22 January 2003 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews


They were still known as the Dead End Kids at this stage of their career, because of their appearance in "Dead End". Later they'd become East Side Kids and Bowery Boys. Leo Gorcey is the protagonist here. He was the one wearing the beanie. As a favor, John Litel sees that Gorcey ("Slip") is admitted to Washington, a military academy. The other Dead End Kids are also students there. They are given lines like, "In the language of my native Broadway, you are behind the eight ball plenty." Gorcey throws a plate of food into the face of a senior classman. He starts fights. He doesn't stow his gear properly. He's distraught. He wants to quit but is tricked into staying. In the end he succeeds and everything ends happily.

You should be either ten years old or totally drunk if you want to find anything fresh or amusing in this movie. I can't find a single thing to recommend this movie if you're not in one of those two pathological conditions. The story line is predictable, even at this early stage of the Kids' development. The acting is nonexistent. There is no humor that rises above the level of the worst pun you've ever heard.

In 1939, people paid to watch this.

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