Jumping Jacks

Horrors of the Division ( in the original Jumping Jacks ) is an American comedy film directed by Norman Taurog from 1952, based on a story by Brian Marlow. The premiere took place in Germany on 17 April 1970.


The paratroopers Chick Allen is a former nightclub entertainer. His partner Hap Smith, set aside as unfit military has remained Chicks after convening at a nightclub, and now performs with Betty Carter. Chick invites his friend to stage with him and other comrades a show. General Timmons, who is dissatisfied with the quality of previous shows, fears that this show is just a disaster, because Hap to participate. He threatens both kick out, the show should not meet his expectations.

At a rehearsal of the general representation of the Haps is so excited that he sends the show on tour. They should visit other military camps and perform there as well. As Hap is not an active soldier more fear Chick and his comrades legal problems. Enter Hap than private Dolan. The real Dolan goes underground.

The awkward Hap suffered by the paratroopers training in order to act like a real soldier can. But any accident suffered by Hap, turns for the better, so that the instructor, Sergeant McClusky, must praise him. The unfortunate Hap, however, trying to return to civilian life and to leave the military camp. But Chick can prevent Haps escape.

An attempt to escape makes Hap during a maneuver. He accidentally destroys a bridge and takes the captured " enemy " General. However, his true identity is revealed as a civilian. But Hap is sworn in as a paratrooper and celebrated as a hero.


" Grotesque comedy, tailored to the contradictions of the downloaded duo Lewis / Martin; but some brilliant gags not compensate for the excess of slapstick. "

" A crude comedy with a dazzling display of slanted numbers, especially present here the two long-time partner Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in the best mood to play. "


  • Paramount estimated a budget of 4 million U.S. dollars.
  • The film was shot in Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • For Jerry Lewis, it was the seventh feature film, his feature film debut was in 1949. Among the previously six feature films that he had made so far, Lewis played five times on the side of his partner Dean Martin ( Golden Globe 1967), with whom he worked since 1946. By 1956, they made 17 films.
  • Director Taurog (Oscar 1931) turned after this film five more Martin and Lewis movies, as well as two films with Lewis.
  • Award-winning staff on set were: costume designer Edith Head ( Oscars in 1950, twice in 1951, 1952 - were added later Oscars 1954, 1955, 1961, 1974); Set decorator Sam Comer ( Oscars 1946, twice in 1951, another in 1956 ); his colleague Emile Kuri (Oscar in 1950, another in 1955 ); Special effects designer Farciot Edouard (Oscar 1942, 1943, plus honorary Oscar in 1939 and special Oscars 1938, 1940, twice in 1944, 1948, twice in 1956 ); and its colleague Gordon Jennings ( Oscars 1942, 1943, honorary Oscar in 1939, special Oscars 1945, 1952).
  • Some of the film employees were later honored with prizes: Cameraman Fapp the Oscar in 1962, art director Henry Bumstead with the Oscar in 1963 and 1974; his colleague Hal Pereira with the Oscar in 1956; the unspoken uncredited cameraman for the second unit Loyal Giggs with the Oscar in 1954.