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This Is the Army (1943)

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Did You Know?

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

During the "God Bless America" sequence, Kate Smith barrels up to the microphone and her dubbed-in voice is heard to say "It is my happy privilege to introduce a new song: 'God Bless America'" If you read her lips, however, she actually says the words "new tune." See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

"We wish to thank Mr. Irving Berlin for making this motion picture possible through his two soldier shows 'Yip, Yip, Yaphank'-1918 'This Is The Army' -1943" 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mandy
Written by Irving Berlin
Danced briefly in the "Yip Yip Yaphank" rehearsal by George Murphy
Sung by Ralph Magelssen and Chorus
Choreographed by lead dancer Fred Kelly, dancing with chorus
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This movie is a classic
1 January 2004 | by zekehansellSee all my reviews

This movie is a classic of World War II movies. It was made as a moral booster during the war, and includes the music of Irving Berlin. One thing to note especially is the song "Someday I'm going to murder the bugler" which is sung by Irving Berlin himself (wearing his own WWI uniform).

In order to really appreciate this movie you need to understand the world in which it was made, which was a whole lot different than 2004. There was a world war and everyone was concerned about stopping evil. (as opposed to today, where everyone is concerned about how terrorism, or the fight against it, is going to disrupt their daily life)

This movie was made as a way to give people something to feel good about, and show patriotism.


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