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Idol on Parade (1959)

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

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Anne Aubrey ...
Caroline
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Bertie
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William Kendall ...
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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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Idle on Parade
Written by Gerry Laundan and Len Praverman
Arranged by Bill Shepherd
Performed by Anthony Newley
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Genial British military-training comedy with rock-a-boogie asides...
28 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

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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