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

( dramatic theme playing )


Berlin, 1944.

A secret radio message

from Adolf Hitler

personally to his spies

in Great Britain.

"Kill General MacKenzie-Smith,


There was terrible headaches,

you know.

Here in London, this is how

the message was passed on.

It's only now that we of

British Military Intelligence

have been able to

piece together fully

from captured German documents.

We thank Paramount Pictures

in Hollywood

for having the courage

to put this on the screen.

I know we wouldn't.

The German Secret Service

didn't hesitate a moment

in placing Hitler's orders

into effect.


was drawing up the plans

for the Allied invasion

of Europe

and had to be stopped

at all costs.

Here come General Eisenhower,

Field Marshall Montgomery,

General de Gaulle,

and Sir Lawrence

MacKenzie-Smith himself


the familiar eye patch.


Stop! Stop or I'll shoot!

( gunfire )

( dramatic theme playing )


Dear, dear. We don't seem to be

catching up.

Well, after all, the Germans

are in a Rolls Royce

and our lads

only have American Jeeps.

Not that we're not grateful,

mind you.

Uh, it is better

than walking.

( gunshots )

( tires screech )

Oh, come, come. Let's get those

ruddy names off the screen

Never heard of any

of those chaps. Have you?

( police siren wailing )

MAN ( over speaker ):

This camp area is now sealed.


That night MacKenzie sealed

every military area in Britain.

Nothing could move

in or out.

Not even two American soldiers

assigned to a British base.

MAN ( over speaker ):

...permitted to leave this base

by personal order

of the General Officer


that so and so.


you can say that again.

Cheer up, Joe.

So we can't leave for home

Pack up your troubles

in your old kit bag and smile.

Smile. Smile.

Sure. After all the trouble

to get the Red Cross

My poor wife having

My mother isn't desperately ill.

She's on Miami Beach.

She sent me a picture of her

in a bathing suit,

My poor sister

works for the Red Cross.

Want to get her in trouble?

No, I don't wanna

get her in trouble.

How many times have I told you

I'm on the salt-free,

fat-free, high-protein

low-calorie diet?

What's so difficult

about that?

It's not easy

to get it on a shingle.


We don't even belong

in this teabag outfit.

Well, I know that.

The, the--

Our company was just loaned

to the British Army

to show them how to open spam

or something.

All right.

Why don't we see the captain?

We'll explain

the whole situation to him.

He's a nice fellow.

He'll cut some orders for us,

and then in a couple of days,

we'll be home.

Ernie, this is the army,


There are a couple of boys

trying to get home

from Gettysburg.

They'll make it.

Inspecting something,

I guess.

Why ain't they

out fighting the war?

What do you want?

Why aren't we fighting the war?

Because we want our

side to win. That's why.

Sit down, chaps.

We're all

in the same leaky boat.

Not us. We're supposed

to be sailing on one tonight.

Our sick ones

are waiting for us.

( all chuckle )

This military camp

is now sealed

by order

of the general commanding

by order of

His Majesty's government,

and by order of

the Prime Minister.


( imitating MacKenzie ):

Hey! We shall fight them

on the beaches. We shall

fight them on the streets.

But, uh,

how can we fight them

if we can't get out

of this ruddy camp?

Quiet, will you?

I've gotta think.

Now, there must be

somebody we know

that's got enough influence

to get us out of here tonight.

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