Directed by: John Gilling
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 81 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 7 October 2013
Cat No: CDR27186
Screen ratio 1:2.35
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Idol on Parade
1950s British comedy about a pop star who is conscripted into the army. Singing sensation Jeep Jackson (Anthony Newley) is drafted into... Read More
A musical comedy fronted by Anthony Newley, Idol on Parade sees a pop star pressed into National Service (possibly inspired by Elvis Presley’s joining the US Army the previous year) and by various ruses manages to continue his recording career.
It’s a breezy confection with a certain pedigree: director John Gilling is better known for his horror work with Hammer Films; and screenwriter John Antrobus wrote for TV and radio shows including The Goon Show and That Was The Week That Was.
The cast is a virtual roll-call of postwar film comedy, from David Lodge, Harry Fowler and Sid James to Lionel Jeffries, Bernie Winters, Percy Herbert and a very young Susan Hampshire. A notable US import is William Bendix, who made his name in 1940 films noirs (The Glass Key, The Blue Dahlia) and here plays the gruff-but-softhearted Sergeant Major.
Newley wasn’t famed for his rock’n’roll credentials (the script chooses, rather quaintly, to call it ‘rock-a-boogie’), but the film ironically launched his own chart career, when one of the featured songs, ‘I’ve Waited So Long’, reached number 3 on the singles chart.