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Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
Claude Binyon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 1943 (USA) See more »
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George Murphy ... Jerry Jones

Joan Leslie ... Eileen Dibble

George Tobias ... Maxie Twardofsky

Alan Hale ... Sgt. McGee
Charles Butterworth ... Eddie Dibble

Dolores Costello ... Mrs. Davidson
Una Merkel ... Rose Dibble
Stanley Ridges ... Maj. John B. Davidson
Rosemary DeCamp ... Ethel Jones
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. O'Brien
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Nelson

Frances Langford ... Frances Langford
Gertrude Niesen ... World War One Vocalist
Kate Smith ... Kate Smith

Ronald Reagan ... Johnny Jones (as Lt. Ronald Reagan)

Joe Louis ... Joe Louis (as Sgt. Joe Louis)
Alan Anderson ... Assistant Stage Manager Anderson (as 1st Sgt Alan Anderson)
Ezra Stone ... M / Sgt. Ezra Stone (as M/Sgt. Ezra Stone)
Tom D'Andrea ... Tommy (as T/Sgt. Tom D'Andrea)
James Burrell ... Lead Singer - 'I'm Getting Tired' (as S/Sgt. James Burrell)
Ross Elliott ... Officer in Magician Skit (as Sgt. Ross Elliot)
Alan Manson ... Hunting Skit Straight Man / Jane Cowl (as Sgt. Alan Manson)
John Prinze Mendes ... Magician in Skit (as Sgt. John Prinze Mendes)
Julie Oshins ... Pvt. Twardofsky (as Sgt. Julie Oshins)
Earl Oxford ... Lead Singer - 'I Left My Heart' Number (as Sgt. Earl Oxford)
Robert Shanley ... Ted Nelson (as Sgt. Robert Shanley)
Philip Truex ... Acting Sergeant of the New Guard (as Sgt. Philip Truex)
James MacColl ... Soldier / Alfred Lunt (as Cpl. James MacColl)
Herbert Anderson ... Danny Davidson (as Cpl. Herbert Anderson)
Ralph Magelssen ... Lead Singer - 'Mandy' (as Cpl. Ralph Magelssen)
Tilestone Perry ... Soldier / Lynn Fontanne (as Cpl. Tileston Perry)
Joe Cook Jr. ... Soldier (as Pfc. Joe Cook Jr.)
Larry Weeks ... KP Potato Juggler (as Pfc. Larry Weeks)
The Allon Trio ... Allon Trio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Soldier (uncredited)
Warner Anderson ... Kate Smith's Announcer (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Old-Timer's Wife (uncredited)
Louis Bednarcik ... Allon Trio Acrobat (uncredited)

Irving Berlin ... Irving Berlin (uncredited)
Dick Bernie ... Hunting Skit Comedian (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jackie Brown ... Mike Nelson (uncredited)
Marion Brown ... Heavyset Dancer - 'Harlem' Number (uncredited)
Angelo Buono ... Allon Trio Acrobat (uncredited)
Jimmy Butler ... Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Soldier at Camp (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Richard Crane ... Sergeant on Field March (uncredited)
Belmonte Cristiani ... Soldier (uncredited)
James Cross ... Lead Singer / Dancer - 'Harlem' Number (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Soldier (uncredited)

Dan Dailey ... Soldier - 'This Is the Army' Number (uncredited)
Gayle DeCamp ... Soldier (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Draper ... Soldier (uncredited)
Geno Erbisti ... Allon Trio Acrobat (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Soldier (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sgt. Fisher ... Blake Nelson (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Ross Ford ... Soldier (uncredited)
Art Foster ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning ... Mrs. Twardofsky (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hank Henry ... Plumber - 'Ladies of Chorus' Number / Cigar-Smoker in Canteen (uncredited)
Richard Irving ... Mandy In Yellow Dress (uncredited)
John James ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jerry Jarrett ... Soldier (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)

Henry Jones ... Mr. Brown / World War One Bugle Audition Observer (uncredited)
Fred Kelly ... Mandy's Beau (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... News Commentator (uncredited)

Gary Merrill ... Backstage MP on Right (uncredited)
Pinkie Mitchell ... Comic General in Acrobat Skit (uncredited)
Victor Moore ... Soldier's Father (uncredited)
Patsie Moran ... Marie Twardofsky (uncredited)

Gene Nelson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Moore's Son's Dance Partner - 'Ladies of Chorus' (uncredited)
Sydney Robin ... Mr. Jones / Printer - 'Ladies of Chorus' (uncredited)
William Roerick ... Mr. Green (uncredited)

Hayden Rorke ... Soldier / Stage Manager (uncredited)
Milton Rosenstock ... Pit Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Robert Sidney ... Soldier (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Soldier (uncredited)
Arthur Steiner ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ernest Truex ... Soldier's Father (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Stranger in Audience (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bert Whitley ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Wycoff ... Dancer in Drag - 'Harlem' Number (uncredited)
Jack Young ... Franklin D. Roosevelt (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
Claude Binyon (screenplay) (as Capt. Claude Binyon)

Irving Berlin  play (uncredited)
Julius J. Epstein  contract writer (uncredited)
Philip G. Epstein  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... producer
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Sol Polito (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Amy 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
John Koenig  (as Lt. John Koenig)
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly  (as Pvt. Orry-Kelly)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Ward Hamilton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Meredyth Lucas .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Scheld .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Beckman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Percy D. Burt .... best boy (uncredited)
Benny Cohan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Owen Crompton .... grip (uncredited)
Claude Hutchinson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James Leicester .... montage
Don Siegel .... montage
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Ray Heindorf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Sgt. Edward Blatt)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Frank T. McCabe .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Frank T. McCabe)
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor color director
LeRoy Prinz .... production number stager (as Leroy Prinz)
Robert Sidney .... production number stager (as M/Sgt. Robert Sidney)
Stuart Churchill .... singing double: James Burrell (uncredited)
Hugh Cummings .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Gloria Faythe .... script clerk (uncredited)
Cameron Shipp .... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's This Is the Army" - USA (complete title)
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121 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (DVD rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

Bette Davis insisted Warner's studio boss Jack L. Warner contribute the profits from this film to the war effort.See more »
Anachronisms: The map showing the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 shows the Austrian-Czech border from 1937.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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Standard Irving Berlin wartime musical is flag-waving patriotism at its most feverish pitch..., 12 November 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

What really enhanced my enjoyment of THIS IS THE ARMY last night on TCM is the fact that for once I saw a good, restored print of the wartime Warner Bros. musical and it looked great. The colors were vibrant. JOAN LESLIE never looked so beautiful with her reddish brown hair and the uniformly good cast of contract players headed by RONALD REAGAN, ALAN HALE, STANLEY RIDGES and others mixed well with the assorted real-life soldiers and sailors and marines who made up the bulk of the show. GEORGE MURPHY does a standout job as Reagan's show business father.

The Irving Berlin tunes were the film's saving grace. His jaunty "This Is The Army, Mr. Jones," "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," and other sprightly numbers compensate for the very thin plot that has Reagan and Leslie as wartime sweethearts who don't get together until the final reel after quarreling foolishly about whether or not to tie the knot.

Some of the comedy skits between soldiers are beyond corny and fall flat for today's audiences, but as hokey as most of it is, it's still an enjoyable show, especially the sight of beefy men in drag doing their thing with Berlin's irresistible songs. ALAN HALE is especially funny as an overweight soldier forced to take a female part in one of the show's big musical numbers.

And, of course, the blackface routine may turn some politically correct spectators off the entire film.

Trivia note: It's amusing to see Reagan get excited about the presence of the President of the United States in the audience--someone shown only in a distant shot. Reagan himself was about to occupy the White House for two straight terms at a future time. A rare and ironic moment!

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