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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the "God Bless 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 »


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 »


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The Girl I Left Behind Me
Played briefly when Johnny makes Eileen close early
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This movie is a classic
1 January 2004 | by (Central Ohio) – See all my reviews

This movie is a classic of World War II movies. It was made as a moral booster during the war, and includes the music of Irving Berlin. One thing to note especially is the song "Someday I'm going to murder the bugler" which is sung by Irving Berlin himself (wearing his own WWI uniform).

In order to really appreciate this movie you need to understand the world in which it was made, which was a whole lot different than 2004. There was a world war and everyone was concerned about stopping evil. (as opposed to today, where everyone is concerned about how terrorism, or the fight against it, is going to disrupt their daily life)

This movie was made as a way to give people something to feel good about, and show patriotism.

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