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This Is the Army (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 14 August 1943 (USA)
In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Claude Binyon (screenplay) (as Capt. Claude Binyon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his father's assistant, gets the order to stage a new all-soldier show, called This is the Army. But in his personal life he has problems, because he refuses to marry his fiancée until the war is over. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

It's your own army - in the army's own show!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's This Is the Army See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,831,178
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the only one to star a U.S. President, a U.S. Senator, a state governor and two Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild. Ronald Reagan was President of the U.S. from 1981-1989, Governor of California from 1967-1975 and President of SAG from 1947-1952 and 1959-1960; George Murphy was Senator from California 1965-1971 and President of SAG 1944-1946. They filmed the movie prior to having been elected to any of the offices mentioned. See more »

Goofs

The map showing the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 shows the Austrian-Czech border from 1937. See more »

Quotes

Irving Berlin: [singing] I've been a soldier quite awhile and I would like to state, the life is simply wonderful, the Army food is great. I sleep with 97 others in a wooden hut, I love them all, they all love me, It's very lovely, but - Oh, how I hate to get up in the morning...
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Crazy Credits

In the Credits, the cast members are listed in the following order: first the members, who never served in World War II, than the members of the US Armed Forces, starting with Lt. Ronald Reagan. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally shown with a pre-credits overture and exit music after the film ends, both of which have been restored on the official DVD release. See more »


Soundtracks

The Army's Made a Man Out of Me
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Ezra Stone, Julie Oshins, Philip Truex, and Chorus
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A Flag Waving Original
10 June 2000 | by fiascofilmscoSee all my reviews

This is The Army is patriotic. It is non-stop music from end to end. Ray Heindorf did an excellent job with the montages of music that are constantly heard throughout the picture. It's a treat to hear Irving Berlin sing his own song "O How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" with its original verse and chorus.

The print I saw was duplicated from a 35mm print. One can only hope that Warners will restore this film to its original glory. It is a piece of history and its loss would be terrible.

If you plan to rent it, dont get a copy in black and white. The costumes are beautiful in color. The color prints currently available have marginal problems due to the condition of the original master print. Dont let this put you off seeing this. It's well worth the flaws.

Oh yes, there are only a handful of women in the entire production. I warned you.


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