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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Yip Yip Yaphank," the World War I all-soldier show shown the beginning of the movie, was an actual World War I all-soldier show. It was composed and produced by Irving Berlin while he was a US Army Recruit at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York. See more »

Goofs

The uniform worn by Gertrude Niesen in the opening sequence is strictly of a 1943, not 1917, design, complete with padded shoulders and knee length skirt, and totally inappropriate to the 1917 era. See more »

Quotes

Eileen Dibble: Corporal Jones, I've decided that you don't know what the war is all about. We're free people, fighting for the right to remain free. To work and to be married and to raise a family in a fine, decent country.
Johnny Jones: Well, Eileen, honey, I know that.
Eileen Dibble: Then why do you act like we've lost the war? Open your heart, Johnny. We're all in this fight together - women as well as men. Let's share our responsibilities! I want to be a part of you, Johnny. A part that goes with you on the battlefield, someone to ...
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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 »

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Featured in The Brothers Warner (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by James Cross, unidentified tap partner, and Chorus
with speed bag accompaniment by Joe Louis
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Standard Irving Berlin wartime musical is flag-waving patriotism at its most feverish pitch...
12 November 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What really enhanced my enjoyment of THIS IS THE ARMY last night on TCM is the fact that for once I saw a good, restored print of the wartime Warner Bros. musical and it looked great. The colors were vibrant. JOAN LESLIE never looked so beautiful with her reddish brown hair and the uniformly good cast of contract players headed by RONALD REAGAN, ALAN HALE, STANLEY RIDGES and others mixed well with the assorted real-life soldiers and sailors and marines who made up the bulk of the show. GEORGE MURPHY does a standout job as Reagan's show business father.

The Irving Berlin tunes were the film's saving grace. His jaunty "This Is The Army, Mr. Jones," "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," and other sprightly numbers compensate for the very thin plot that has Reagan and Leslie as wartime sweethearts who don't get together until the final reel after quarreling foolishly about whether or not to tie the knot.

Some of the comedy skits between soldiers are beyond corny and fall flat for today's audiences, but as hokey as most of it is, it's still an enjoyable show, especially the sight of beefy men in drag doing their thing with Berlin's irresistible songs. ALAN HALE is especially funny as an overweight soldier forced to take a female part in one of the show's big musical numbers.

And, of course, the blackface routine may turn some politically correct spectators off the entire film.

Trivia note: It's amusing to see Reagan get excited about the presence of the President of the United States in the audience--someone shown only in a distant shot. Reagan himself was about to occupy the White House for two straight terms at a future time. A rare and ironic moment!


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