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Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
Claude Binyon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 1943 (USA) See more »
It's your own army - in the army's own show!
In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Charles H. Blake ... 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)
Irving Deutsch ... Twin soldier (uncredited)
Murray Deutsch ... Twin 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)
Shep Houghton ... Soldier (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)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Woman in D.C. Audience (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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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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)
Argentina:Atp | 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 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great in 1943, today it's just a bit of a curiosity, 11 November 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is the type of musical that Hollywood did best and it sure was popular with the public. However, 65 years later, the film has lost much of its appeal due to changes in movie styles as well as the fact that the film's value as a propaganda tool is now lost--after all, the war has been over since 1945. So what was rousing and exciting then to the folks at home now just seems rather dated and slow--though the film still does have very good production values.

The film is basically a bazillion patriotic songs rolled up into the thinnest of plots. Frankly, I think the film could have been a lot better had the story received greater emphasis and they'd dropped a few musical numbers. This would have given the film a much needed infusion of energy--though again, back during the war years, this wasn't as big a concern.

The story, such as it is, begins during WWI. A group of soldiers (George Murphy, Alan Hale, George Tobias and Charles Butterworth and others) are interested in performing a musical to raise morale and the when they are given permission, the show is a huge hit. Many years later, when WWII arrives, the children of these same men and others put on their new and timely stage show. It's a major success and the soldiers are sent on a tour of the USA to increase the public's patriotism and backing of the war. There's a little more to the plot than this--but not much.

As I said, it's really just an excuse to string together tons of musical and dance numbers--so many that you feel a bit overwhelmed. Some of the numbers are very good, the one with Irving Berlin was interesting (not good--just interesting from a historical sense) and a few were rather bad. The worst was the one that was a minstrel show--something that you'd hoped would have died out by 1943. It was just embarrassing and makes you cringe. Also, in a few separate parts of the film, Joe Lewis made some irrelevant appearances, as he couldn't sing and was as light on his dancing feet as a rhino! He just looked very lost but you can't blame him--he was ordered to appear in the film and since he was a sergeant, he had no choice!

If I could, I'd give the film a score for 1943 (8) and one for today (4 or 5). But, since I can't, I'll give it a 6. Interesting from a historical standpoint but pretty tough going at times, though some of the songs were catchy and the color cinematography was lovely.

As a history teacher, I was a bit concerned with a couple reviews that gave the film a 1. It wasn't nearly that bad and some of the reasons they gave it such a low score seemed petty. One was a diatribe about why they hated Ronald Reagan and really didn't review the film itself. Another was very critical about how the film was propaganda. My answer to that is YES it is propaganda and so what?! Given that it was a life and death struggle for survival in WWII only a knucklehead would see this sort of propaganda as an evil! Should Hollywood have either ignored the war or done pro-Hitler films instead?! Read your history books or talk to some vets before you make such silly assertions.

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