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Jumping Jacks (1952)

Nightclub comic Hap Smith assumes the identity of another soldier so he can tour army bases in a revue with his ex-partner Chuck Allen.



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Complete credited cast:
Betsy Carter
Lt. Kelsey
Pvt. Dogface Dolan (as Dick Erdman)
Brig. Gen. W.W. Timmons
Julia Loring
Danny Arnold ...
Pvt. Evans


Hap Smith, nightclub entertainer, has a new act since his former partner Chick Allen joined the army: with lovely new partner Betsy Carter, Hap plays a clownish parody of a soldier. Meanwhile, Chick is organizing a soldier show at Fort Benning and finds he needs his old partner's help. To get onto the base, Hap impersonates a hapless real soldier, Dogface Dolan; but circumstances force them to prolong the masquerade, creating an increasingly tangled Army-sized snafu. Written by Anonymous

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IT'S A RIP-ROARING RIOT! When Dean and Jerry Reach For Their Rip-Cords...




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Release Date:

11 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Parachutiste malgré lui  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Some right-wing political figures criticized the film because writers Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, Brian Marlow and Richard Weil, who is credited with additional dialogue, were accused of being Communists or Communist sympathizers during the "Red Scare" era of the House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings, which were convened to ferret out those in the film industry suspected of being Communists or sympathizers. See more »


During the "The Parachute Jump" number, Chick keeps missing his cue to sing the words and hold notes. See more »


Chick Allen: There's nothing to it. You get on a plane, you go up 20,000 feet, jump out, and your chute opens automatically.
Hap Smith: Yeah? What if it doesn't open?
Chick Allen: Then you pull your reserve parachute.
Hap Smith: What if that doesn't open?
Chick Allen: Well, we haven't had a complaint yet... from a guy whose shoot didn't open.
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Music by Jerry Livingston
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
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Martin & Lewis get an almost equal share of laughs in Jumping Jacks
21 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is another Martin & Lewis movie I watched on YouTube. Two years after At War with the Army, they're back there although Jerry's only there because Dean needs his old performing partner back to put on a show. Mona Freeman is Lewis' new partner back in New York where they're supposed to prepare for a Broadway show. So Jerry's there under false pretenses and...oh, watch the movie to see how it all turns out. In chronologically reviewing this iconic team's movies, I've mentioned when their leading ladies did another film with them. Now I can say what male co-stars have made return appearances: First, there's Robert Strauss-previously their superior officer in their last picture Sailor Beware-once again as their sergeant who eventually warms up to Lewis. Then there's Don DeFore-previously Dean's rival in My Friend Irma-as one of Dean and Jerry's fellow privates. Since there's a show business angle involved, there's plenty of musical numbers with Dean either by himself with some dancers or with Jerry clowning around. Jerry himself has a number with Ms. Freeman though her singing voice is dubbed by Imogene Lynn. In summary, this was quite hilarious to me with Dean himself, for once, getting almost as equal laughs as Jerry especially during that lunch-on-a-train sequence with Strauss and another actor named Richard Erdman who's character Lewis is impersonating. So on that note, I highly recommend Jumping Jacks.

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