Idle on Parade

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Time Out says

An interesting curiosity, this is a kind of folksy British parody of Elvis Presley's controversial drafting into the US Army: Newley plays a prototype rock singer who is called up, with all the ensuing complications. In retrospect it all seems very quaint, but it was the film that launched Newley (up to that point a straight actor) on a singing career; and the rock songs that Newley sings ('Idle Rock-a-boogie', 'I've Waited So Long', etc) were great hits in their time.
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Release details

UK release:

1959

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Gilling

Cast:

David Lodge, Lionel Jeffries, Anne Aubrey, William Bendix, Anthony Newley, Sidney James

Music:

Bill Shepherd

Art Director:

Ray Sim

Editor:

Bert Rule

Cinematography:

Ted Moore

Screenwriter:

John Antrobus

Producer:

Harold Huth

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Baz

This was a great film at the time and certainly deserves a showing on dvd. What do we have to do to to make it happen.

Baz

This was a great film at the time and certainly deserves a showing on dvd. What do we have to do to to make it happen.

ANTHONY

PLEASE ,PLEASE PUT "IDLE ON PARADE" on D V D , ITS A FILM I HAVE SEEN HAS A YOUNG LAD IT WAS FAB.

ANTHONY

PLEASE ,PLEASE PUT "IDLE ON PARADE" on D V D , ITS A FILM I HAVE SEEN HAS A YOUNG LAD IT WAS FAB.

Tony Ward

Such sweet memeories to see this film again (2007) after being taken to see it as a young boy. Yes, it's corny and typical of the pop-to-film genre, but it made me laugh and singalong then and it made me laugh and singalong now. Anthony Newley had a presence and was ably supported by a whole host of well known characters. The film marks its time well.

Tony Ward

Such sweet memeories to see this film again (2007) after being taken to see it as a young boy. Yes, it's corny and typical of the pop-to-film genre, but it made me laugh and singalong then and it made me laugh and singalong now. Anthony Newley had a presence and was ably supported by a whole host of well known characters. The film marks its time well.

Mike OHara

This film is a neglected gem.Although intended as a spoof it showed that Newley had a great voice in addition to being a fine actor,unlike many of the pop stars who were churning out second rate films.The cast are uniformly(!) great with American star William Bendix showing a great comedic flair and a convincing Irish accent.Lionel Jeffries gives great support and the pace never flags.Why this film has been so neglected is a mystery,particularly when the unfunny \\\"Genevieve\\\" is regarded as a classic. If you can get your hands on this one do....it\\\'s great.

Mike OHara

This film is a neglected gem.Although intended as a spoof it showed that Newley had a great voice in addition to being a fine actor,unlike many of the pop stars who were churning out second rate films.The cast are uniformly(!) great with American star William Bendix showing a great comedic flair and a convincing Irish accent.Lionel Jeffries gives great support and the pace never flags.Why this film has been so neglected is a mystery,particularly when the unfunny \\\"Genevieve\\\" is regarded as a classic. If you can get your hands on this one do....it\\\'s great.