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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.


Norman Taurog


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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)


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!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

18 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sergeant Deadhead See more »

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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Eve Arden and Deborah Walley would later play mother and daughter in their TV show The Mothers in Law. See more »


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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The Difference in Me Is You
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Inept AIP comedy
21 October 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Inept is a kind word to describe this misfire. Appalling is more accurate. For some reason, Arkoff and Nicholson decided to branch out from beach pictures, taking most of their regular cast and crew along for the ride. Frankie plays two characters again (though nowhere near as endearingly as in his Frankie/Potato Bug double role) and this time Deborah Walley is the love interest--apparently Annette had enough sense to stay out of this one. Unbelievably they are cast as lovers stationed at the same military base (this decades before the services were sexually integrated) where space missions originate. Ms. Walley's superior officer is played brassilly by the always fine Eve Arden (who sings a dreadful song mid-picture); Frankie's counterpart is the equally good Fred Clark. Gale Gordon, on sabbatical from The Beverly Hillbillies, is also along, as is Cesar Romero as an Admiral. Buster Keaton, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Bobbi Shaw...how can it be BAD? Well, it is. I didn't laugh once. There is one vaguely funny scene between two military policemen but it's too short to generate any real guffaws. The songs are much worse than usual and Deke Heyward's story is unforgivably poor.

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