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Sergeant Dead Head (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 18 August 1965 (USA)
An astronaut goes into space with a chimpanzee. When they return to Earth after their orbit, it is discovered that the chimp has the brains of the astronaut, and the astronaut has the brains of the chimp. Complications ensue.

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Sergeant O.K. Deadhead / Sergeant Donovan
Deborah Walley ... Airman Lucy Turner
Cesar Romero ... Admiral Stoneham
Fred Clark ... General Rufus Fogg
Gale Gordon ... Captain Weiskopf
Harvey Lembeck ... Airman McEvoy
John Ashley ... Airman Filroy
Buster Keaton ... Airman Blinken
Reginald Gardiner ... Lt. Comm. Talbott
Pat Buttram ... The President
Eve Arden ... Lt. Charlotte Kinsey
Romo Vincent ... Tuba Player
Donna Loren ... Susan
Michael Nader ... Air Policeman (as Mike Nader)
Edward Faulkner ... Lt. Dixon (as Ed Faulkner)
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An astronaut goes into space with a chimpanzee. When they return to Earth after their orbit, it is discovered that the chimp has the brains of the astronaut, and the astronaut has the brains of the chimp. Complications ensue.

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It's the FUNNIEST Collection of NUTS Ever Assembled on a LAUNCHING PAD!

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sergeant Deadhead See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eve Arden and Deborah Walley would later play mother and daughter in their TV show The Mothers in Law. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant O.K. Deadhead: [to Airman Lucy, as they are flying in a helicopter ] Oh, honey, when I kiss you, I go into orbit!
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Soundtracks

The Difference in Me Is You
Words and Music by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Frankie Avalon
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Definitely for Dead Heads
1 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When I say that this a screen comedy for dead heads I don't mean for followers of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. In fact to avoid seeing this film people ought to be grateful they've passed.

There's a little bit of The Nutty Professor in Sergeant Dead Head and by the way that's Frankie Avalon's character name, O.K. Deadhead. An accidental trip into outer space with a chimpanzee has him changing personalities from being a lovable klutz to being an aggressive Buddy Love type. That's causing consternation with all concerned from the president on down to Deborah Walley fellow Air Force non-com and in love with the lovable klutz.

But when Avalon becomes aggressive like Buddy Love all concerned he might be too hard to handle. So they look for a lookalike and find another Frankie Avalon in the Air Force. After that this whole affair becomes witless beyond the point of endurance.

When casting Pat Buttram as a Lyndon Johnson like president is someone's idea of humor you know this film has to be bad. Frankie Avalon isn't even given any good songs to sing.

If you like Frankie Avalon wait for a beach film.


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