Sergeant Dead Head

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  • NR
  • 1965
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 4.8  (259)

Sergeant Dead Head is a comedy film released in 1965, directed by Norman Taurog and starring Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, and Cesar Romero. The movie tells the story of Sergeant Percy Hobart Deadhead III, a goofy and scatterbrained soldier who is experimenting with a new jet-propelled backpack to become an airborne infantryman. The plot revolves around Sgt. Deadhead's wacky misadventures as he tests out his latest invention during a series of military exercises in the California desert. He is helped by his love interest and fellow soldier Lieutenant Betty Laval, played by Deborah Walley. As the story unfolds, Sgt. Deadhead becomes embroiled in a series of unlikely scenarios, including a kidnapping, a UFO sighting, and a hunt for buried treasure.

Frankie Avalon's performance is a highlight of the movie, as he brings Sgt. Deadhead to life with his infectious energy and comedic timing. His interactions with Cesar Romero's Colonel Rokrider, a hard-nosed military man who is skeptical of Deadhead's inventions, provide some of the movie's funniest moments. Romero's performance is a perfect foil to Avalon's antics, and the two actors play off each other with great skill.

Deborah Walley also delivers a standout performance as Lt. Laval, a strong and competent soldier who serves as Deadhead's love interest throughout the movie. Her chemistry with Avalon is palpable, and their scenes together provide a welcome respite from the chaos of Deadhead's experiments.

The film is notable for its use of innovative special effects for the time, particularly the scenes showcasing Sgt. Deadhead's jet-propelled backpack. The film also features a memorable musical score composed by Les Baxter, which adds to the film's overall whimsical and surreal tone.

While the movie is primarily a comedy, it also touches on themes of friendship, loyalty, and perseverance. Despite his clumsiness and general lack of focus, Sgt. Deadhead remains determined to prove himself as a valuable member of the military. His willingness to keep trying, no matter how many times he fails, is inspiring and uplifting to watch.

Overall, Sergeant Dead Head is an enjoyable and lighthearted romp that will appeal to fans of classic comedies. Frankie Avalon's performance is a standout, and the film's imaginative special effects and catchy soundtrack make it a must-see for fans of 60s cinema.

Sergeant Dead Head is a 1965 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.

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  • Runtime
    1 hr 30 min
  • IMDB Rating
    4.8  (259)