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True to the Army (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 21 March 1942 (USA)
While doing her tight-rope act in a local circus, Daisy Hawkins (Judy Canova), sees the owner shot by gangsters. The gangsters are after her to eliminate the only eye witness and the police... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Canova ...
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Pvt. Stephen Chandler
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Vicki Marlow
Jerry Colonna ...
Pvt. 'Pinky' Fothergill
Clarence Kolb ...
Gen. Marlowe
Edward Pawley ...
Junior
William Wright ...
Lt. Danvers
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Sgt. Butts
Edwin Max ...
Ice (as Edwin Miller)
Arthur Loft ...
Ray
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Pvt. Dugan
Rod Cameron ...
Pvt. O'Toole
Eddie Acuff ...
Sgt. Riggs
Edgar Dearing ...
Target Sergeant
Mary Treen ...
Mae
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While doing her tight-rope act in a local circus, Daisy Hawkins (Judy Canova), sees the owner shot by gangsters. The gangsters are after her to eliminate the only eye witness and the police chase her to testify against the gangsters. Daisy goes to the nearby army camp where her sweetheart, J. Wethersby "Pinky" Fothergill (Jerry Colonna), is the chief carrier pigeon trainer. Rehearsal for the big army show is being held by Private Stephen Chandler (Allan Jones. Daisy, looking like just another female impersonator to him, is mistaken for one of the boys in the chorus. Pinky sets him straight and they cut Daisy's hair and get her into a uniform, but have to work hard to convince Sergeant Butts (William Demarest) she is one of the boys. Some honest-to-goodness pulchritude comes to the show when Vicki Marlowe (Ann Miller), the daughter of General Marlowe (Clarence Kolb), becomes interested in Chandler. Daisy wins a medal for marksmanship and the soldiers insist on taking "him" to celebrate... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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From "Taps" to revelry... FUN is the order of the day! See more »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Version of She Loves Me Not (1934) See more »

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Spangles On My Tights
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung and Danced by Ann Miller
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Judy Takes Refuge
12 February 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Here's real movie trivia teaser. What is the only role that Miriam Hopkins, Betty Grable and Judy Canova did movie versions of? The answer is that under different names they played the same part in She Loves Me Not, True To The Army, and How To Be Very Very Popular. I'm sure that the classical movie fan cannot conceive of any part where these three could be cast in.

But in 1942 Paramount decided to use the plot of She Loves Me Not and switch it from a college to the military as per our wartime period. Judy Canova is a hillbilly trapeze performer in a carnival who from her vantage point sees the mob carry out an execution. The police want her as a material witness, but the mob wants to rub her out. On the run Judy decides to go to the army base where her true love Jerry Colonna is stationed.

At the same time Broadway musical star Allan Jones and Colonna's friend is at his wit's end trying to put on an army morale show as was done in countless musicals of varying quality at the time. Canova disguised as a soldier auditions for the show and Jones has to help Colonna protect her secret. He also wants to get his commanding officer Clarence Kolb's daughter into the production and who wouldn't want the lady of a thousand taps, Ann Miller in any show.

If you've seen She Loves Me Not you've got an idea of the general plot outline. The film is distinctly Canova and Colonna's show with Allan Jones and Ann Miller taking a back seat. I'm thinking that had to be because Canova was drawing more people to the box office than Allan Jones was at the time. Colonna was also a household name by dint of his status as a regular on Bob Hope's radio show.

True To The Army has an unmemorable score, but the numbers are nicely staged for a B musical. William Demarest is also in the film and plays the part of a crusty sergeant, one he could do in his sleep.

It's an OK film, but geared for the fans of the quartet of stars.


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