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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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Did You Know?


Virginia Mayo was originally scheduled to play the leading character of Mary Morgan, but it was decided she needed more experience in front of the camera and was replaced by Constance Dowling. Mayo was reduced to performing with the "Goldwyn Girls," but was never actually meant to be in the chorus. See more »


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My all-time favourite comedy-musical!
7 December 2002 | by classickaiSee all my reviews

The first Danny Kaye vehicle, this film still has the power to make me laugh. The action revolves around a hypochondriac named Danny Weems who is hopelessly in love with a beautiful nurse named Mary (played by the lovely Constance Dowling) at the hospital he works as a doorman at, while completely unaware of the attentions of her multi-talented best friend and fellow nurse, Virginia (played by the talented Dinah Shore, a singer known to those alive in the '70s as the host of "Dinah! & Friends"). Meanwhile, Danny introduces his handsome roommate Joe to Virginia, but Joe and Mary end up hitting it off, though Danny is completely oblivious to it all.

This movie was contemporary with World War II, of course, and the real action begins when Danny is drafted by the U.S. Army despite the multiple ailments he believes he has. Joe joins up along with him, and -- of course -- the two nurses join up as well. And the movie goes along from there.

As with Kaye's other well-known movies, "Up In Arms" is a virtual showcase of his comedic talents when they were still very fresh and seemingly spontaneous. The musical numbers are particularly enjoyable.

This is a film one needs to see if one needs a good, clean laugh. I saw this movie as a kid a decade ago when I was home from school and sick, and Danny Kaye kept me laughing throughout the whole thing -- it definitely made me forget my troubles.

The only downside to this film is the stereotypical characterisation of the Japanese soldiers seen near the end, but the viewer must remember when this film was made, and that wartime propaganda like this was common. In comparison to others from that era, the comedy is fairly tame.

My rating for this movie is 10 out of 10. They truly don't make them like this any more.

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