This Is the Army (1943)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Butterworth ...
Una Merkel ...
Stanley Ridges ...
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. O'Brien
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Nelson
Frances Langford
Gertrude Niesen ...
World War One Vocalist
Kate Smith ...
Kate Smith
Johnny Jones (as Lt. Ronald Reagan)


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

14 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's This Is the Army  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bette Davis insisted Warner's studio boss Jack L. Warner contribute the profits from this film to the war effort. See more »


In the montage of the show tour around the USA, the same city set is used for Cleveland and Washington DC without even bothering to change the shop signs: "Century Antique Shop" and "Yvonne Milliner" are visible in both "cities". See more »


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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Crazy Credits

"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 »


Featured in It's Black Entertainment (2002) See more »


I Can Always Find a Little Sunshine in the Y.M.C.A.
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Chorus at the tavern after the armistice
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Standard Irving Berlin wartime musical is flag-waving patriotism at its most feverish pitch...
12 November 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

What really enhanced my enjoyment of THIS IS THE ARMY last night on TCM is the fact that for once I saw a good, restored print of the wartime Warner Bros. musical and it looked great. The colors were vibrant. JOAN LESLIE never looked so beautiful with her reddish brown hair and the uniformly good cast of contract players headed by RONALD REAGAN, ALAN HALE, STANLEY RIDGES and others mixed well with the assorted real-life soldiers and sailors and marines who made up the bulk of the show. GEORGE MURPHY does a standout job as Reagan's show business father.

The Irving Berlin tunes were the film's saving grace. His jaunty "This Is The Army, Mr. Jones," "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," and other sprightly numbers compensate for the very thin plot that has Reagan and Leslie as wartime sweethearts who don't get together until the final reel after quarreling foolishly about whether or not to tie the knot.

Some of the comedy skits between soldiers are beyond corny and fall flat for today's audiences, but as hokey as most of it is, it's still an enjoyable show, especially the sight of beefy men in drag doing their thing with Berlin's irresistible songs. ALAN HALE is especially funny as an overweight soldier forced to take a female part in one of the show's big musical numbers.

And, of course, the blackface routine may turn some politically correct spectators off the entire film.

Trivia note: It's amusing to see Reagan get excited about the presence of the President of the United States in the audience--someone shown only in a distant shot. Reagan himself was about to occupy the White House for two straight terms at a future time. A rare and ironic moment!

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