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. 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 by||John Gilling|
|Produced by||Irving Allen|
Albert R. Broccoli
|Screenplay by||John Antrobus|
|Based on||novel Idle on Parade by William Camp|
|Music by||Bill Shepherd|
|Edited by||Bert Rule|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
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, and it led to a singing career which included two UK No.1s.
- William Bendix as Sergeant Major Lush
- Anthony Newley as Jeep Jackson
- Anne Aubrey as Caroline
- Lionel Jeffries as Bertie
- Sid James as Herbie
- David Lodge as Shorty
- Dilys Laye as Renee
- William Kendall as Commanding Officer
- Bernie Winters as Joseph Jackson
- Harry Fowler as Ron
- Percy Herbert as Sergeant (Hebrides)
- 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
- McCann, Graham (2006). Spike & Co. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-89809-7.
- "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.
- "UK singles chart, 5 June 1959".