On the Double

Synopsis: American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Director(s): Melville Shavelson
Production: Paramount Pictures
92 min

( in normal voice ):

There's only one man.

( imitates Hitler ):

Sieg heil!

( all chuckle )

( speaking in German )

Now he'll run his whole

Luftwaffe for you.

He has a gamut of three.

It's because he was raised in

the German section of Brooklyn.

( all chuckling )

( in English ):

There'll always be an England,

but they will be

driving Volkswagens.

We will have the--

Ernie, your mustache fell

in the potatoes.

It looks right at home.

( in normal voice ):

Yeah, well...

See, without my patch,

I have one good eye

with 20/20 vision

and one bad eye

uh, in case of

extreme myopia, you see.

And, uh, I wrote a letter

to my draft board about it,

He's jolly good, you know?

The life of the party.

Do an imitation

of the boat sailing

for the States

without us.

( in rough voice):

When the saints go marching in.

Will you quit

fooling around?

( all chuckling )

( normal ):

Honestly, we'll get going.

Of course.

I can just see

MacKenzie Smith,

that one-eyed

old slave driver

giving you permission

to go.

Yeah, so can I.

Yeah, here.

( clears throat )

( imitates MacKenzie ):

Uh, um, speak up, young man.

Huh, what's his mother doing

around in Rip Rolls. What?


Good heavens, man.

Why didn't you

speak up sooner?

Oh, yes.

I say unseal Britain,

and let my people go.

Don't encourage him,


Oh, that's the old bird

to a tee.

your duty is merely

to do your duty.

Do you understand?

Obey orders.

Now yours

is not to reason why.

Ours is not to reason

why either.

If any stops to reason why,

we should all be

in Miami Beach with Mother.

Ha, ha, I say,

that's a rather witty one.

Well, uh, what?

Carry on.

Come on, chaps.

On the double.


Well, what for?

We're going out

to the motor pool.

Grab a car. You'll sit

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