Published on March 4th, 2013 | by Chris2
On The Double (1961)
Lets keep rolling with the comedies, and take a look at On The Double. Starring the always classy Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, and the unmistakable Wilfred Hyde-White....
American Private Ernie Williams (Danny Kaye) has a unique talent for impersonations. This talent gets him in deep water for impersonating the local British commander, Colonel MacKenzie. As luck would have it, this talent also gets him the distinct honor of actually serving as a double for MacKenzie for a while, but Lady Margaret MacKenzie (Dana Wynter) isn't fooled. The real MacKenzie is a womanizing ass, but this new model seems to agree with her.
Well, various comedic episodes involving Williams totally cocking up MacKenzie's personality (and everyone falling for it) are overshadowed by the revelation of a sinister plot. Somebody is out to murder the good Colonel, and it becomes clear that Williams is just there as a target.
As (bad) luck would have it, Williams is abducted by the Nazis and taken to Berlin, where the Germans are given a full dose and a half of Williams' MacKenzie impersonation, along with a big gulp of misinformation regarding the D-Day invasion. Once escaped and back in good old England, the espionage doesn't stop there. He's discovered by the mole and put up for execution...
I railed on Jerry Lewis a few days ago for The Sad Sack. This, however, is more my style of comedy. Kaye is always a class act, despite the inevitable musical numbers (surprisingly there is only one, well three if you count the Scottish dance bit and the German cabaret scene, I don't) in his pictures his brand of humor and that unmistakable class is just, well, always brilliant. Still the case here. I really can't put my finger on why that is, but there you go.
On The Double is funny (without being stupid), smart, surprisingly sexy for 1961, and just a good foray into wartime comedy. I'm sure I'll hear about it, but I have to go with a probably too high 3.7/5.
And wouldn't you know it, the best I can come up with for a clip are these two bits that are spoken over in what sounds like Russian. Sigh. Too bad.
On the Double
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A weak-kneed GI agrees to impersonate a British general to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: Olive Films
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- Danny Kaye
- Dana Wynter
- Wilfrid Hyde-White
- Margaret Rutherford
- Diana Dors
- Factory sealed DVD
Summary: Funny, smart, sexy, and classy with Danny Kaye. What else do you want, really?