Idol on Parade

Idol on Parade also known as Idle on Parade is a 1959 youth-oriented British comedy film produced by Warwick Films, directed by John Gilling and starring Anthony Newley, Sid James and Lionel Jeffries. It was John Antrobus' first screenplay.[1][2] The film depicts the main character being called up for two years of compulsory National Service in the British military and was based on the 1958 novel Idle on Parade by William Camp which in turn was inspired by Elvis Presley's conscription into the US Army.

Idol on Parade
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byIrving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay byJohn Antrobus
Based onnovel Idle on Parade by William Camp
StarringAnthony Newley
Music byBill Shepherd
CinematographyTed Moore
Edited byBert Rule
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 24 March 1959 (1959-03-24) (UK)
Running time
88 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film featured Newley singing five songs in a cockney accent for the film. One of the songs, "I've Waited So Long", became a pop hit, reaching No. 3 in the UK chart,[3][4] and it led to a singing career which included two UK No.1s.



  1. Antrobus, John (2002). Surviving Spike Milligan: A Voyage Through the Mind & Mirth of the Master Goon. London: Robson Books. ISBN 0-246-12275-7. p.44
  2. McCann, Graham (2006). Spike & Co. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-89809-7.
  3. "New star rises on British hit front". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 12 August 1959. p. 43 Supplement: Teenagers Weekly. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  4. "UK singles chart, 5 June 1959".

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