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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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Comedy | Musical | War

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14 August 1943 (USA)  »

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Irving Berlin's This Is the Army  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the only one to star a U.S. President, a U.S. Senator, a state governor and two Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild. Ronald Reagan was President of the U.S. from 1981-1989, Governor of California from 1967-1975 and President of SAG from 1947-1952 and 1959-1960; George Murphy was Senator from California 1965-1971 and President of SAG 1944-1946. They filmed the movie prior to having been elected to any of the offices mentioned. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eileen Dibble: Corporal Jones, I've decided that you don't know what the war is all about. We're free people, fighting for the right to remain free. To work and to be married and to raise a family in a fine, decent country.
Johnny Jones: Well, Eileen, honey, I know that.
Eileen Dibble: Then why do you act like we've lost the war? Open your heart, Johnny. We're all in this fight together - women as well as men. Let's share our responsibilities! I want to be a part of you, Johnny. A part that goes with you on the battlefield, someone to ...
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Crazy Credits

In the Credits, the cast members are listed in the following order: first the members, who never served in World War II, than the members of the US Armed Forces, starting with Lt. Ronald Reagan. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baby's Day Out (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless America
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Kate Smith, Chorus
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For lovers of classic Hollywood musicals
12 August 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Made to raise money for a war relief fund, the picture had the support of the Army and used many Hollywood people who were in the services at the time. Unusual in that there is only one (tame) number with a female chorus line and three dance numbers with men in drag. The dancing in general is not too exciting (unless you like chorines with hairy chests). The flag waving plot can safely be ignored.

Joe Louis in particular and Blacks in general are not treated well, though the 'Harlem' dance number has the best dancing in the picture. Be warned that there is a 'Minstrel' number in blackface.

Irving Berlin fans will be thrilled since the picture was made from two of his shows (Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is the Army).


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