|On Dress Parade|
|Directed by||William Clemens|
Noel Smith (uncredited)
|Produced by||Bryan Foy|
|Written by||Tom Reed|
Charles Beldon (uncredited)
|Music by||Howard Jackson|
|Cinematography||Arthur L. Todd|
|Edited by||Douglas Gould|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
A hero of World War I, Colonel William Duncan, is on his deathbed. He summons his old friend, Colonel Mitchell Reiker to ask him if he will care for his son Slip when he dies. Reiker agrees, and when Duncan passes, Slip, who does not want to leave the neighborhood he grew up in, is tricked into attending the military school that Reiker is in charge of.
Cadet Major Rollins tries to help Slip reform and adapt to military life, but is thrown out a window for his troubles. He continues to have altercations with all of the other cadets, but in the end he winds up saving the life of Cadet Warren during a fire in the camp munitions storeroom. Although he is seriously injured during the rescue, the other cadets respect his efforts and welcome him as one of their own. For his heroics he is given his father's distinguished service cross and given the title of cadet major.
The Dead End Kids
- Billy Halop as Cadet Major Rollins
- Bobby Jordan as Cadet Ronny Morgan
- Leo Gorcey as Slip Duncan
- Gabriel Dell as Cadet Georgie Warren
- Huntz Hall as Cadet Johnny Cabot
- Bernard Punsly as Dutch
This is the only Dead End Kids film in which Gorcey appears in the type of role he would assume throughout the East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys films, as the tough guy malcontent/gang leader. His character's name, Slip, also became his official character name in the Bowery Boys films. In addition, this is Bernard Punsly's briefest appearance in any of their films.
Alternate titles for this film are Dead End Kids on Dress Parade and Dead End Kids at Military School.
Variety wrote, "They're cleaned up, brushed up, put in military school uniforms, turned into refined little gentlemen--and it's too bad. It's too bad <...> that if the transition had to be made it should be in such a mawkishly sentimental and obvious picture. It just doesn't ring true."
The film was released as a double feature DVD by Warner Archives with Hell's Kitchen on January 22, 2013.
- Hayes, David and Brent Walker (1984). The Films of The Bowery Boys. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press.
- Herb (November 1939). "On Dress Parade". Variety. New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company: 14.