On the Double

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Released 1961

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Director:
Melville Shavelson
Released:
1961
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On the Double is a 1961 film that takes place at an allied camp in England during World War II. Private First Class, Ernie Williams (Danny Kaye) is a timid American soldier, who most of his fellow soldiers tease because he is a hypochondriac. He tries to fit in with the other guys by using his comedic skills and his talent for imitating people. Believing his mimicking skills are excellent, Ernie tries to go AWOL by pretending to be the British General Sir Lawrence Mackenzie Smith (Danny Kaye), who he has an uncanny resemblance to. His escape attempt is unsuccessful when he is stopped at the gate and taken to his superior officer, Colonel Somerset (Wilfrid Hyde-White). Ernie is facing a court martial but Colonel Somerset has devised a plan that will keep him out of trouble. He wants Ernie to really impersonate the British General so he can attend a supposed secret meeting. Seeing no other option, Ernie agrees to the deal but he has no idea what he is getting into. What the American Army fails to tell Ernie is that there are people trying to assassinate the General and his mistress Sgt. Stanhope (Diana Dors) is an undercover Nazi spy. Ernie's troubles worsen when the General's plane goes down and he is forced to continue with the scheme.

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