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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)

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(1942) Stage: "This Is the Army" premiered on Broadway. Musical revue. Music / lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by James McColl and Irving Berlin. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. Dialogue for Minstrel Show by Pvt. Jack Mendelsohn, Pfc. Richard Burdick and Pvt. Tom McDonnell. Music arrangements for dances by Pvt. Melvin Pahl. Scenic Design / Costume Design by Pvt. John Koenig. Choreographed by Cpl. Edgar Nelson Barclift and Sgt. Robert Sidney. Additional direction by Joshua Logan. Military Formations by Chester O'Brien. Directed by Sgt. Ezra Stone. Broadway Theatre: 4 Jul 1942-26 Sep 1942 (113 performances). Cast: Pvt. Jus Addiss, Alan Anderson, Arthur Atkins, Pvt. Leonard Berchman, Eugene Leander Berg, Sgt. Irving Berlin, Dick Bernie, Pvt. Howard Brooks, Marion Brown, Peter J. Burns, Joe Bush, Pvt. Samuel Carr, Pvt. Stewart Churchill, Joe Cook Jr., Pvt. Belmonte Cristiani, Cpl. James A. Cross, Pvt. Louis de Milhau, Ross Elliott, Derek Fairman, Pvt. Ray Goss, Dan Healy, Hank Henry, William Home, Richard Irving, Burl Ives, Fred Kelly, Harold J. Kennedy, Pvt. Robert Kinne, Alan Manson, Pvt. Ralph Margelssen, James McColl, Sgt. John Mendes, Pvt. Gary Merrill, Pvt. Pinkie Mitchell, Robert Moore, John Murphy, Peter O'Neill, Pvt. Jules Oshins, Earl Oxford, Tileston Perry, Pvt. William Pillich, Richard Reeves, Jack Riano, William Roerick, Hayden Rorke, Pfc. Anthony Ross, Louis Salmon, Robert Shanley, Sgt. Robert Sidney, Sgt. Arthur Steiner, Sgt. The Allon Trio, Philip Truex, Norman Van Emburgh, Pvt. Claude Watson, Pvt. Larry Weeks, Pvt. William Wykoff. Produced by Uncle Sam (U.S. Government).See more »
Anachronisms: The map showing the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 shows the Austrian-Czech border from 1937.See more »
Sgt. McGee:What's the matter with you Twardofsky? Don't you like our early morning calisthenics?
Pvt. Twardofsky:Well, I didn't like 'em at first.
Sgt. McGee:Oh, you didn't like 'em at first. How do you like 'em now?
Pvt. Twardofsky:I'm still on first.
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Remember the times, sweetie!, 14 January 2005
Author: Marlene Bomer from United States

First of all, had you done your research, you would've known that all three branches of the military had (and still have) entertainment divisions whose sole job is to produce shows for the troops. If you looked at the "Crazy Credits" section you would've learned that famed composer Irving Berlin staged the two soldier shows as depicted in the movie.

Yes, many of the skits and songs are terribly dated and yes "This is the Army" is largely a propaganda film, but Berlin singing his "Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" was the lament of every draftee.

Virtually *every* film made during WWII was done either as propaganda or to bolster the spirits on the homefront.

I respectfully suggest watching it again, but instead of looking at it with 2004 cynicism, look at it in the context of the times.

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