On the Double

1961

Adventure / Comedy / War

8
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 518

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Cast

Danny Kaye as Pfc. Ernie Williams
Margaret Rutherford as Lady Vivian
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Somerset
Diana Dors as Sergeant Bridget Stanhope
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 5 / 10

Head Blown Off?

Danny Kaye is an American private in 1943 who is pressed into posing as a British General in order to deceive the Nazis about a coming invasion. Kaye struts about in his British uniform, slapping his swagger stick on the furniture, getting mixed up about which eye his patch should cover, being captured by the Germans, escaping after a frenzied chase through a German night club, and winds up with Dana Wynter, the lovely widow of the real British General, in his arms.

It's a kind of farcical version of a real historical incident, shown in the feature film "I Was Monty's Double," but although it's fast, although it's zany, it's not much of a laugh riot. Rather more of a smile demonstration.

The film is a pleasant enough diversion, and Dana Wynter is a knockout, but Kaye's nonsensical gibberish isn't too well folded into the plot and the impersonations of Marlene Dietrich and others have a slapdash quality, as if they were written into the plot because the writers figured the audience expected them to be written into the plot.

Nothing to be avoided. Nothing to write home about either.

Reviewed by SimonJack 8 / 10

Ach du himmel sauerkrauten

Danny Kaye is loose again – this time in a 1961 farce about espionage in World War II. The film is set in England and Berlin, and Kaye has another double role. All of his films are very good, and he may have made more movies than any other actor in which the lead actor plays two characters. His "Wonder Man" of 1945, "On the Riviera" of 1951, and "Knock on Wood" of 1954 were excellent movies. "On the Double" isn't quite at the level of those films, but it's a very good movie as well.

Kaye plays Pfc. Ernie Williams, and doubles as General Lord MacKenzie-Smith, the fictitious planner of the D-Day invasion. Dana Wynter is very good as Lady Margaret, the general's wife. Wilfrid Hyde-White is very good, and very funny, as Colonel Somerset, the head of British intelligence. The rest of the cast are very good as well. Margaret Rutherford is hilarious as Lady Vivian, and Diana Dors excels as Sgt. Bridget Stanhope.

"On the Double" is another showcase for the multi-talented Kaye. But Danny doesn't use as many of his talents in this film. He doesn't sing or dance. He doesn't do any tongue twisters (no one could do them better), nor did he have any acrobatic antics. He does a song impersonation of a female singer, but mostly we see him with some impersonations and numerous disguise attempts with costume changes. His attempts to speak German while in various disguises are hilarious. One can only guess what a German would think when confronted by Kaye with his Deutsch mumbo-jumbo.

Kaye was 50 years old when he made this film, and he clearly was slowing down with some of his acrobatic routines and dancing. No doubt his talented wife, Sylvia Fine, was scaling back the routines and numbers she wrote and coordinated for him. Two years after this film, Danny had his own TV variety show on CBS. He did more than 120 live shows from the fall of 1963 to the spring of 1967.

After his TV show, Kaye made only one more major film, "Skokie" in 1981 that was a serious drama. He did some voices for animated films, appeared on other TV programs, and made a Broadway musical in 1970. But, he essentially retired from acting by age 60. Some film buffs regarded his bowing out due to lack of appeal. Well, when one nears age 60, one slows down and can no longer do the things that were part of a career of song and dance and fast-paced comedy and acrobatic performances. But, Kaye didn't stop performing. He became "the" ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. He traveled around the world for UNICEF and often wound up entertaining groups of children in some way. Kaye was a special guest of UNICEF when it received the 1965 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. And, he starred in a theatrical event with Norwegian performers to raise funds to match the Nobel Prize money. That was 50 years ago when UNICEF and the United Nations thought "investing in children is investing in peace and a better future."

"On the Double" is a film that the whole family can enjoy.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Allied Intelligence uses his talent for mimicry

I was 14 and saw On The Double when it first came out and was impressed then by the regal beauty of Dana Wynter who was always playing Lady this or Mrs. that and always in the upper class of the United Kingdom. I also thought Danny Kaye was pretty funny.

On The Double gives Kaye his usual stage for patter and mimicry. The mimicry is most important because Kaye is asked to impersonate a one eyed British general who he bares a resemblance to. Kaye does other imitations like Churchill and Hitler. I'll bet could have come up with a mean FDR had he the occasion to.

The one he doesn't fool is the general's wife played by Dana Wynter who has put up with his frequent infidelities. Something about Kaye does touch her. It's always that we with movie comedians who play nebbishes, but funny nebbishes whether it's Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis or Danny Kaye.

Wynter gets into the spirit of things and at a very posh society party in an incident precipitated by Margaret Rutherford turns into an old fashioned food fight that John Belushi couldn't have handled better.

Britain's Marilyn Monroe, Diana Dors is also on hand as the shapely sergeant that the general is having his current fling with.

On The Double is not the best of Danny Kaye films, yet his legion of fans will find it suits their taste admirably.

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