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At War with the Army (1950)

 -  Comedy | Musical | War  -  17 January 1951 (USA)
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Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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Mike Kellin ...
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Dick Stabile ...
Tommy Farrell ...
Cpl. Clark
Frank Hyers ...
Cpl. Shaughnessy
Danny Dayton ...
Supply Sgt. Miller (as Dan Dayton)
William Mendrek ...
Capt. Ernest Caldwell
Kenneth Forbes ...
Lt. Davenport
Paul Livermore ...
Pvt. Jack Edwards
Ty Perry ...
Lt. Terray
Jean Ruth ...
Millie
Angela Greene ...
Mrs. Deborah Caldwell
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Helen Palmer
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Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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Krach mit der Kompanie  »

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Throughout the film, Jerry Lewis gives a Scout salute, rather than a military salute. See more »

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For the first half of the opening song, "Beans", Alvin has a bandage on his finger (left hand, middle finger). Halfway through the song, the bandage disappears. See more »

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Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
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One of Their Best
19 March 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A bunch of comedic misadventures surround an army training camp office.

One of the best of M & L. One reason is a clever script adapted from a stage play. That means better than usual comedic lines, and also that Lewis's mugging isn't the only funny element. Unlike his later films, Lewis complements the laughs here instead of monopolizing them. Also, Martin gets to warble a few tunes in his smooth baritone. I especially like the record-booth duet with Polly Bergen that's really quite charming. And I wonder what happened to the quite talented Jean Ruth as the befuddled Millie who can't seem to decide where she works or whom she's dating. Ruth shows a lot of comedic spark in the role, but appears to have left the industry soon after. Too bad.

Not everything is roses. Being an ex-stage play means the story is pretty much confined to a single set with characters rushing in and out. Keeping up with the diverse lot may require a scorecard. Of course, there's nothing new about the comedic potential of misfits in the military, and this one was followed by several more M&L entries in a similar vein. Anyway, the act here in their first film is still, fresh, energetic and funny.


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