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Up in Arms (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 March 1944 (Brazil)
Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his... See full summary »


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Don Hartman (original screenplay), Allen Boretz (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Danny Weems
Dinah Shore ... Virginia
Dana Andrews ... Joe
Constance Dowling ... Mary Morgan
The Goldwyn Girls ... Dancing Ensemble
Knox Manning ... Narration (voice)
Louis Calhern ... Colonel Ashley
George Mathews ... Blackie
Benny Baker ... Butterball
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Info Jones
Lyle Talbot ... Sgt. Gelsey
Walter Catlett ... Major Brock
George Meeker ... Ashley's Aide
Tom Keene ... Ashley's Aide (as Richard Powers)
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Willoughby


Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his best friend Joe. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

27 March 1944 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Soñando despierto See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An animation sequence supervised by Walt Disney based upon Roald Dahl's short story "The Gremlins" was deleted before the film's release. Producer Samuel Goldwyn and star Danny Kaye hoped to reunite with Disney for Hans Christian Andersen (1952) in 1951, but the effort to have live-action and animated sequences was eventually abandoned. A brief bit of the "Gremlins" sequence appears in Victory Through Air Power (1943). See more »


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I just got up off the ground laughing
22 January 2006 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

As a general Rule, I hate Hollywood musicals - Certain Musicals. This is just my personal taste and no offense to those who love musicals. Mostly because, and I bet a lot of people will agree with me, the music is just badly written. Always there are exceptions to the rule, and one of those being Danny Kaye (Another being Kay Kaiser).

The Technicolor on this is just fantastic and the music and lyrics are of the best of the Danny Kaye films. It is a great comedy on it's own having a pretty hilarious premise and several incidents that have you howling in laughter even after 60 years or so. Danny Kaye is a dailectition of superb talent, and his fake Scottish in this movie is hilarious.

Finally, Danny Kaye was a Musical genius, and I do not know any other entertainer who could use his flapper and a musical instrument as well. I have laughed Long Hours due to this guy all through my life, even if I have seen the film several times! Hahaha! Dinah Shore has a real swell number as well- Kind of in the middle of the film. I like Dinah Shore as his "leading lady" - I like how she is dressed, I love the sharp shoulders on her costumes, she was about as odd as he was. And this oddity is what made this film so classic. His most beautiful leading lady was always Virginia Mayo, but Shore is really funny and so it is a good match up.

Of course there is the Danny Kaye­™ "Dream Sequence" and this one is fantastic. I love the flaming Women Torches- Goldwyn always made a little mini production out of those sequences. I don't know if Danny himself suggested these, but several of his movies have them and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" Practically consists of them. Wonder Man is another. So of course "Up in Arms" has a couple very good imagination sequences like that, including the ending.

But nothing is as good as Kaye standing in front of a full Orchestra, dementing the music. This film has one scene in particular, where you can certainly say, that music, used as a comedy tool, works very well.

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