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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Jones
... Eileen Dibble
... Maxie Twardofsky
... Sgt. McGee
... Eddie Dibble
... Mrs. Davidson
... Rose Dibble
... Maj. John B. Davidson
... Ethel Jones
... Mrs. O'Brien
... Mrs. Nelson
... Frances Langford
... World War One Vocalist
... Kate Smith
... Johnny Jones (as Lt. Ronald Reagan)
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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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It's your own army - in the army's own show!

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Comedy | Musical | War

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14 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's This Is the Army  »

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Gross USA:

$20,831,178
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the number-one moneymaker of 1943. 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

Sgt. McGee: Shut up, back there!
Pvt. Twardofsky: [Marching, out of ear shot of the Sgt. McGee] There's one of the nicest guys ever born.
Tommy: That guy wasn't born, he was issued.
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Crazy Credits

"This motion picture is distributed for the benefit of the US Army emergency relief fund" See more »

Connections

Featured in Hearts and Minds (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Folks at Home
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
[Part of the tap dancing number.]
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For lovers of classic Hollywood musicals
12 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Made to raise money for a war relief fund, the picture had the support of the Army and used many Hollywood people who were in the services at the time. Unusual in that there is only one (tame) number with a female chorus line and three dance numbers with men in drag. The dancing in general is not too exciting (unless you like chorines with hairy chests). The flag waving plot can safely be ignored.

Joe Louis in particular and Blacks in general are not treated well, though the 'Harlem' dance number has the best dancing in the picture. Be warned that there is a 'Minstrel' number in blackface.

Irving Berlin fans will be thrilled since the picture was made from two of his shows (Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is the Army).


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