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This Is the Army (1943)

 -  Comedy | Musical | War  -  14 August 1943 (USA)
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In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

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In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his father's assistant, gets the order to stage a new all-soldier show, called This is the Army. But in his personal life he has problems, because he refuses to marry his fiancée until the war is over. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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It's your own army - in the army's own show!

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Trivia

This film is the only one to star a U.S. President, a U.S. Senator, a state governor and two Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild. Ronald Reagan was President of the U.S. from 1981-1989, Governor of California from 1967-1975 and President of SAG from 1947-1952 and 1959-1960; George Murphy was Senator from California 1965-1971 and President of SAG 1944-1946. They filmed the movie prior to having been elected to any of the offices mentioned. See more »

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During the "God Bess America" sequence, Kate Smith barrels up to the microphone and her dubbed-in voice is heard to say "It is my happy privilege to introduce a new song: 'God Bless America'" If you read her lips, however, she actually says the words "new tune." See more »

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Jerry Jones: Will you marry me tonight?
Ethel: Well, of course.
Jerry Jones: Wonderful. Congratulations, darling, you're a war bride. I've just been drafted.
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"We wish to thank Mr. Irving Berlin for making this motion picture possible through his two soldier shows 'Yip, Yip, Yaphank'-1918 'This Is The Army' -1943" See more »

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Mandy
Written by Irving Berlin
Danced briefly in the "Yip Yip Yaphank" rehearsal by George Murphy
Sung by Ralph Magelssen and Chorus
Choreographed by lead dancer Fred Kelly, dancing with chorus
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A flag-waver
31 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was produced as a fund-raiser and as a morale booster. At the time it was filmed we were on the verge of losing the war and the public needed a patriotic lift. The songs are not, perhaps, the best Irving Berlin ever wrote, but they speak of the era in which they were written. For those who are politically-correct, I agree that African-Americans are not shown in the best light, but, right or wrong, that was the attitude then. The minstrel show was still a popular entertainment and the idea of white actors in black-face was considered simply show business. This show was actually staffed by real, honest-to-goodness soldiers with a few actors tossed in for the starring roles. Even if you dislike the movie, appreciate it for the look it gives into American life during the 40s. I, for one, enjoy it a lot and have watched it a half-dozen times. By the way, the sound on the VHS tape is better than on several of the DVD versions that are available.


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