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This Is the Army (1943)

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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14 August 1943 (USA)  »

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Irving Berlin's This Is the Army  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the number-one moneymaker of 1943. See more »

Goofs

The uniform worn by Gertrude Niesen in the opening sequence is strictly of a 1943, not 1917, design, complete with padded shoulders and knee length skirt, and totally inappropriate to the 1917 era. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. McGee: How'd you get in the Army?
Tommy: Politics.
Sgt. McGee: Is that a reason?
Tommy: Look Sergeant, I got three reasons for bein' in the Army. First, I'm patriotic. Second, I love my country. And third, they nailed me.
Pvt. Twardofsky: And that goes for me too.
Sgt. McGee: Listen, you two birds report to me immediately after this formation.
[Next scene, Tommy and Maxie are peeling potatoes]
Pvt. Twardofsky: You and my big mouth.
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Crazy Credits

"This motion picture is distributed for the benefit of the US Army emergency relief fund" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Odd Couple: That Is the Army Mrs. Madison (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

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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 Waving Original
10 June 2000 | by (Asheville, NC USA) – See all my reviews

This is The Army is patriotic. It is non-stop music from end to end. Ray Heindorf did an excellent job with the montages of music that are constantly heard throughout the picture. It's a treat to hear Irving Berlin sing his own song "O How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" with its original verse and chorus.

The print I saw was duplicated from a 35mm print. One can only hope that Warners will restore this film to its original glory. It is a piece of history and its loss would be terrible.

If you plan to rent it, dont get a copy in black and white. The costumes are beautiful in color. The color prints currently available have marginal problems due to the condition of the original master print. Dont let this put you off seeing this. It's well worth the flaws.

Oh yes, there are only a handful of women in the entire production. I warned you.


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