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On the Double (1961)

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This one-dimensional comedy with Nazi Germany as a source of humor, whether indirect or not, may step past the boundary of funny topics for some viewers. But Danny Kaye has some terrific moments as Ernie Williams, an American G.I. chosen to double for a British general as the day of the Allied invasion of Normandy approaches. As it turns out, the general is killed, and his chauffeur (Diana Dors) is a Nazi spy who then gets Ernie kidnapped and sent to Germany. That is when the chase and all the disguises begin -- Ernie as Marlene Dietrich, as a Nazi pilot, and even as Hitler, using all the tricks in the book to escape capture.

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Cast

Danny Kaye
as Pfc. Ernie Williams
Dana Wynter
as Lady Margaret MacKenzie-Smith
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Colonel Somerset
Diana Dors
as Sgt. Bridget Stanhope
Allan Cuthbertson
as Capt. Patterson
Jesse White
as Cpl. Joseph Praeger
Gregory Walcott
as Col. Rock Houston
Terence de Marney
as Sgt. Colin Twickenham
Rex Evans
as Gen. Carleton Browne-Wiffingham
Edgar Barrier
as Blankmeister
Rudolph Anders
as Oberkommandant
A. Ben Astar
as Gen. Zlinkov
Pamela Light
as Mrs. Somerset
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