Idle on Parade

Overview

The otherwise routine story and themes of this comedy are greatly balanced by talents of Anthony Newley as Jeep Jackson, a singing idol called up to serve in the British army and Lionel Jeffries as Bertie, a fussbudget adjutant. One of Jackson's superior officers is the brash Sgt. Lush William Bendix whose bark is much worse than his bite. Aside from the usual army types, Caroline Anne Aubrey, the commander's daughter, adds a romantic nuance to the story when she falls for Jackson. And as in any story about a pop...
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Overview

The otherwise routine story and themes of this comedy are greatly balanced by talents of Anthony Newley as Jeep Jackson, a singing idol called up to serve in the British army and Lionel Jeffries as Bertie, a fussbudget adjutant. One of Jackson's superior officers is the brash Sgt. Lush William Bendix whose bark is much worse than his bite. Aside from the usual army types, Caroline Anne Aubrey, the commander's daughter, adds a romantic nuance to the story when she falls for Jackson. And as in any story about a pop singer anywhere, Jackson manages to belt out a few songs.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
The most well-known pop-culture offshoot of Elvis Presley's being drafted into the US Army was, of course, the musical (and subsequent movie) Bye Bye Birdie. But in England, producers Irving Allen and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli -- the latter subsequently one of the two men behind bringing James Bond to the screen -- and their Warwick Productions gave the world Idle On Parade, with Anthony Newley cast as Jeep Jackson, a British rock 'n' roller called up for National Service, all directed with lots of forward momentum (if not much subtlety) by John Gilling. A lot of the plot intricacies, such as a mix-up in Jackson's posting with a volunteer named Joseph Jackson, will be lost on non-British viewers. And the CinemaScope shooting seems wasted (this is probably the least artful use of black-and-white CinemaScope that you'll ever see). But the real waste of talent is the presence of William Bendix as Jackson's sergeant -- his acting and personality never get out from behind an accent that he devotes too much of his attention to maintaining, and it could be anybody in that role. Not much better off is Lionel Jeffries as a disapproving officer, who is jealous of the attraction of his would be fiancee -- his commanding officer's daughter (Anne Aubrey) -- to the hapless Jackson. Otherwise, there's lots of typical service humor scattered throughout the film, and a few mostly less-than-memorable rock 'n' roll songs, some co-authored by Jerry Lordan ("Apache"), and all recorded under the direction of future Bee Gees arranger/conductor Bill Shepherd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • UPC: 043396368460
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Bendix Sgt. Lush
Anthony Newley Jeep Jackson
Anne Aubrey Caroline
Lionel Jeffries Bertie
Sidney James Herbie
David Lodge Shorty
Dilys Laye Renee
Bernie Winters Joseph Jackson
Harry Fowler Ron
Norman Atkyns Stage Manager
Percy Herbert Sgt. Herbrides
Andre Charisse Club Manager
Rosamond Greenwood Spinster
Maureen Riscoe Naafi Girl
Marigold Russell Naafi Girl
John Wood Jeremy
Ian Wilson Man in Cinema
Rupert Davies Sergeant
Martin Boddey Chucker-out
Stanley Beard
Michael Patrick Bell
Tom Bowman
Roderick Cook
Eric Corrie
John Cowley
Sean Kelly
Victor Kendall Commanding Officer
Ian MacNaughton
Gordon Needham
Carl Conway
Technical Credits
John Gilling Director
John Antrobus Screenwriter
Harold Huth Producer
Gerry Laudan Songwriter
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Len Praverman Songwriter
Bert Rule Editor
Bill Shepherd Score Composer
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