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On the Double (1961)

At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Danny Kaye ... Pfc. Ernie Williams
Dana Wynter ... Lady Margaret MacKenzie-Smith
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Colonel Somerset (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Margaret Rutherford ... Lady Vivian
Diana Dors ... Sergeant Bridget Stanhope (as Miss Diana Dors)
Allan Cuthbertson ... Captain Patterson
Jesse White ... Corporal Joseph Praeger
Gregory Walcott ... Colonel Rock Houston
Terence de Marney ... Sergeant Colin Twickenham (as Terence De Marney)
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... General Carleton Brown Wiffingham
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Oberkommandant
Edgar Barrier ... Blankmeister
Pamela Light Pamela Light ... Mrs. Somerset
Ben Astar ... General Zlinkov
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Storyline

American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

26 October 1961 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Pappkamerad See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Dena Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Pfc. Ernie Williams: I'm on a salt-free, fat-free, high protein, low calorie, low cholesterol diet.
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Connections

Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
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Traditional
Sung a cappella a bit by Danny Kaye
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Danny Kaye movie "On the Double"
5 December 2005 | by jonssondrxSee all my reviews

I must have seen this movie on TV decades ago. It stars Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter and Margaret Rutherford. According to a comment I saw on this movie, it is not available on DVD. I searched on Amazon for it and couldn't find it there. This is one of the funniest movies I ever saw. Danny is doing his usual forged identity. And to add a twist to it, the person he is impersonating has a bad eye and wears a patch, but Danny's bad eye is the opposite eye and he has to wear a contact in his bad eye so he can cover his good eye. The scene where he drops his contact is priceless. Also, the scene when his aunt (Margaret Rutherford) shows up at a party still makes me laugh just thinking about it. Margaret gives an incredible performance, and Danny is at his funniest. I hope it comes on TV again.


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