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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:
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Stanley Ridges ...
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. O'Brien
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Nelson
Frances Langford
Gertrude Niesen ...
World War One Vocalist
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)



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1.37 : 1
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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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"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 »


Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »


That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by James Cross, unidentified tap partner, and Chorus
with speed bag accompaniment by Joe Louis
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Yes, there is a Yaphank
2 July 2006 | by (Yaphank, New York, United States) – See all my reviews

As a twenty-year resident of Yaphank, New York, which is on Long Island about 60 miles east of Manhattan, I've learned some of the background of this movie.

Irving Berlin wrote "Yip, Yip, Yaphank" while stationed at Camp Upton in Yaphank during WW I. (Camp Upton is now the Brookhaven National Laboratory.) For this show, which was indeed written to be performed by the soldiers, Berlin wrote "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" and the melody of "God Bless America," which was actually cut from the show in its original form.

The show even ran briefly on Broadway in 1918 with a Camp Upton cast, according to the Internet Broadway Data Base.

After the war ended, the songs were put away, then brought out for the morale-boosting efforts of WW II. Berlin frequently rewrote and reused his songs; he revised the lyrics of "God Bless America" for Kate Smith and the rest, as they say, is history.

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