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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

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

Ted Nelson: What are you bawling about Mom? I'm awfully glad to see you lady.
Mrs. Nelson: Oh, Ted, I want to tell you something quickly while I still have the courage.
Ted Nelson: Something wrong?
Mrs. Nelson: No, it's - I just want you to know it's all right. I mean about - about the Army. I was wrong before. This - this is what I raised you for - to be a credit to your country and to yourself.
Ted Nelson: Thanks, lady.
Mrs. Nelson: So, don't worry anymore, son. Just - just take care of yourself. If you can. And Ted...
Ted Nelson: Yes?
Mrs. Nelson: Give it to them!
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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 »

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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Played briefly when Johnny makes Eileen close early
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Remember the times, sweetie!
14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, had you done your research, you would've known that all three branches of the military had (and still have) entertainment divisions whose sole job is to produce shows for the troops. If you looked at the "Crazy Credits" section you would've learned that famed composer Irving Berlin staged the two soldier shows as depicted in the movie.

Yes, many of the skits and songs are terribly dated and yes "This is the Army" is largely a propaganda film, but Berlin singing his "Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" was the lament of every draftee.

Virtually *every* film made during WWII was done either as propaganda or to bolster the spirits on the homefront.

I respectfully suggest watching it again, but instead of looking at it with 2004 cynicism, look at it in the context of the times.


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