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Up in Arms (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 March 1944 (Brazil)
Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Virginia
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Joe
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Mary Morgan
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Colonel Ashley
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Blackie
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Info Jones
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Major Brock
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Mrs. Willoughby
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Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his best friend Joe. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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27 March 1944 (Brazil)  »

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Soñando despierto  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first full length theatrical release for Danny Kaye. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Book Revue (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Jive Number
(1944)
(Based on "Tess's Torch Song")
Written by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman
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An impressive start
16 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For his debut film Danny Kaye was given an impressive production for a typical service comedy, a little more than most got during wartime years. Sam Goldwyn was a man who never did anything by halves and Kaye's stardom was assured. Kaye's so funny that you might not notice that the plot was taken and used the following year by MGM for Anchors Aweigh.

If you can wrap yourself around the concept that Dana Andrews would want to pal around with hypochondriac Danny Kaye than you'll find this a very funny film. As with so many others the Selective Service didn't find any one of Kaye's thousand or so ailments reason enough to keep him out of World War II.

A couple of nurses played by Dinah Shore and Constance Dowling are in the cast. Kaye is absolutely bug eyed over Dowling, but it's Andrews that she likes. In the meantime Dinah Shore who has a couple of good songs to sing can't get Kaye to notice her.

Up In Arms got two Oscar nominations for Best Musical Scoring and for Dinah Shore's song Now I Know. Personally I've always liked Tess's Torch Song which you can hear her perform in this film. But the real treat are Kaye's patter numbers done by Max Liebman and Mrs. Danny Kaye Sylvia Fine. The Melody in 4-F is a classic and loved by all of Danny Kaye's fans.

This was the start of a great comic career and an impressive start at that.


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