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Idol On Parade [DVD] [1959]

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  • Actors: Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Sid James, William Bendix, Lionel Jeffries
  • Directors: John Gilling
  • Producers: Irving Allen, Albert R. Broccoli, Harold Huth
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SYKGX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British pop sensation “Jeep” Jackson’s (Anthony Newley) career is in high gear when he’s notified he’ll have to do a two-year tour in the army. Of course the musician isn’t well suited to the military life, and his antics wreak havoc on the patience of commanding officer Sergeant Lush (William Bendix). Will Jackson defeat the military with his singular personality or will a truce allow the army to soldier on? The film’s title song and “I’ve Waited So Long” were hits for Newley, and the story may have largely been inspired by his real-life mid-career stint in the army. Lionel Jeffries and Anne Aubrey also star. Directed by John Gilling.

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This movie was intended to cash in on Elvis' entry to the army with Newley playing an "idol" called Jeep Jackson. The great British public took the film seriously however and overnight Anthony Newley, former child actor became a fully fledged adult actor/pop singer. The film is a delightful comedy in the same vein as Carry On Sergeant with the added bonus of four musical numbers performed by Newley.
Ironic that the original UK title is IDLE On Parade, referring to the army saying, yet this UK release uses the USA title of IDOL on Parade, referring to the pop star!
Look out for many star faces who later had very successful careers of their own - Sid James, Bernie Winters and Harry Fowler! Especially enjoy an early glimpse of Susan Hampshire, no lines just a glimpse!
Pure nostalgia enjoy!
Posted by Paul Goodhead - President of the Anthony Newley Appreciation Society.
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For some unexplained reason, somewhere over the Atlantic Idle became Idol and the American banker, William Bendix, became the star ahead of Anthony Newley, Lionel Jeffries and the ubiquitous David Lodge. Reflecting the situation of poor Terry Dene as a pop singer who fell foul of National Service - but with a happier outcome - this movie features Newley's debut as both singer and composer - although he had served in most of the armed services several times during his earlier career - and has long been on my wish list. It does not disappoint, reflecting the times and providing amusing roles for Sid James, Harry Fowler, Bernie Winters and many other familiar faces. Now if only someone would release Hieronymous..... BTW those wishing to see Bill Bendix in full song and dance mode can enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [not the remake].
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This was a great film when it was released in the early 60s and I still enjoyed it today. As Anthony Newley was a good actor singer and everything else he turned his mind to do. The copy quality was very good and it was worth the money.
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I notice that many of the more recent reviews don't discuss the DVD quality, so let's put that right. This SONY Pictures release of 2013, is a beautiful Cinemascope transfer, Ratio 2.35:1, clear B/W picture and good sound. Subtitles and a trailer are the extras. The film itself is of course a real period piece and should be viewed as such, and as such it is great fun, no small thanks to Newley himself who manages to make "Jeep" a likeable person, when it could easily have gone the other way. Another plus is Anne Aubrey, a beautiful lady who could act and who I think the British film industry undervalued. And of course we have the cream of British support/character actors...Lionel Jeffries, David Lodge, Sid Jamea, Harry Fowler etc and William Bendix who has a good go at an "Oirish" accent as the RSM. Some songs that still sound pretty good, some comedy and romance and you have a nice trip down memory Lane.
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I remember going to see this film at the cinema when I was in my teens, loved the music. Watching again brings back the memories as to just how poor the miming was in the film and just how far film musicals have come since those days. Having said that, I still enjoyed watching again, and of course we had some of the cream of British acting in the film. Well worth a watch!!
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Great fun film of its day, typically British humour. Caught the imagination and launched Tony Newley.

I was taken to see this film by my aunt, who swooned over Tony Newley. I loved the songs from the film and still remember (most of) the words. It's taken so long fo this film to emerge on DVD and I am so glad it has. Copy for me and one for my aunt, now 88. Reckon she'll swoon one more time!
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This is one of those films that I have never got a decent copy of till now but this is full screen and very clear.A good 50s film with some good tracks sung by Anthony Newley,and a good supporting cast.Lionel Jeffries is great and made me laugh again after all these years.Recommended
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An old film that I first watched in the Cinema when it was first released. The Songs by Tony Newley have always stayed with me and on top of that it is a good comedy.
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