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Jumping Jacks (1952)

Nightclub entertainer Hap Smith (Jerry Lewis) has a new act since his former partner Chick Allen (Dean Martin) joined the army, with lovely new partner Betsy Carter (Mona Freeman).

Chick – who is now a paratrooper – is organising a talent show at Fort Benning, Georgia, and finds he needs his old partner’s help when the ‘real’ talent in the army is found sadly lacking.

Hap impersonates a hapless real soldier, Dogface Dolan (Richard Erdman) but circumstances force them to prolong the masquerade, creating an increasingly tangled Army-sized snafu.

Men of the real 508th Airborne were used in several scenes.

Cpl. Chick Allen
Dean Martin
Hap Smith
Jerry Lewis
Betsy Carter
Mona Freeman
Lt. Kelsey
Don DeFore
Sgt. McClusky
Robert Strauss
Pvt. Dogface Dolan
Richard Erdman
Brig. Gen. W.W. Timmons
Ray Teal
Julia Loring
Marcy McGuire
Pvt. Evans
Danny Arnold

Norman Taurog