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Idol on Parade (1959)

A rock'n'roll idol is drafted into the wrong regiment.

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Sgt. Lush
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Jeep Jackson
Anne Aubrey ...
Caroline
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Bertie
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Herbie
David Lodge ...
Shorty
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Renee
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Bernie Winters ...
Joseph Jackson
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Ron
Norman Atkyns ...
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Sgt. Hebrides
Sean Kelly ...
Ernie
Gordon Needham ...
Cpl. Nerking
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A rock'n'roll idol is drafted into the wrong regiment.

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In one scene, Anthony Newley and his pals go the cinema where a movie called The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) is playing. This is an inside joke; it was one of Newley's earlier films. See more »

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Features The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) See more »

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Sat'day Night Rock-a-Boogie
Written by Anthony Newley and Joe Henderson
Arranged by Bill Shepherd
Performed by Anthony Newley
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Genial British military-training comedy with rock-a-boogie asides...
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Although based upon a book by William Camp, this Albert Broccoli-produced service comedy seems to trail on the tail-end of the real-life Elvis Presley induction story. There's confusion within the British Army when a pop singing star is called upon for service, creating havoc within the ranks; seems the idol's managers don't want their client's fame to fade, smuggling him out of the barracks at different intervals to perform or record new songs. This must be the most relaxed Army Regiment on film! William Bendix gives the best performance as a blow hard sergeant with a soft spot, but Anthony Newley is improbably cast in the leading role. Newley's cabaret mannerisms were just starting to form at this time, and though he performs his song numbers smoothly, he isn't the dynamic powerhouse of Elvis (nor, indeed, any of Elvis' general competition of this era). Newley is actually the antithesis of rock 'n roll, however he does handle the comedy routines with charm and there are some amusing bits and pieces. ** from ****


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