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On the Double

On the Double(1961)

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Ernie Williams, a timid G. I. stationed in England shortly before the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy, is caught impersonating Gen. Sir Lawrence Mackenzie-Smith, England's foremost battle campaigner. American and British intelligence persuade Ernie to continue the impersonation in order to confuse Nazi spies. He first encounters the general's amorous chauffeur, Sgt. Bridget Stanhope. Though Ernie manages to fool her, he is less successful with the general's estranged wife, Lady Margaret, who, when she is informed of the situation, agrees to cooperate. A short time later the real general is killed in a plane disaster, and Ernie is free to end the deception; but the masquerade is now more important than ever, and he agrees to continue. He comes very close to being exposed by the general's eccentric aunt, Lady Vivian, but Lady Margaret saves the day by starting a family brawl that turns into a free-for-all. Later that night he is kidnaped by Bridget, who is actually a Nazi spy, and whisked off to Berlin for interrogation. After giving the Gestapo false information, Ernie eludes his captors, assumes numerous disguises, including one representing Marlene Dietrich, and makes his escape through an opera house and a beer hall. Once back in England he exposes an old chum of Mackenzie-Smith's, General Browne-Wiffingham, as the chief German agent in Britain. With the successful launching of the Allied invasion, Ernie returns to the waiting arms of Lady Margaret.