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At War with the Army (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, War | 17 January 1951 (USA)
Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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Jimmie Dundee ...
Eddie
Dick Stabile ...
Pvt. Pokey
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Frank Hyers ...
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Supply Sgt. Miller (as Dan Dayton)
William Mendrek ...
Capt. Ernest Caldwell
Kenneth Forbes ...
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Ty Perry ...
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Helen Palmer
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Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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THE FUNNIEST PICTURE EVER! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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Krach mit der Kompanie  »

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When Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin signed with Paramount Pictures, it was with the proviso that they could make one film outside the studio every year for their own company, York Productions. This film was the first fruit of that negotiation, with the stars exchanging their usual salary for a 90% cut of the profits. However, on the film's release, the two found themselves in the midst of a protracted legal battle over their contract and the profits. After several years they relinquished all financial interest in the film in exchange for dropping their stipulation that they make films outside of Paramount. All the legal battles over the film are probably one of the main reasons why its copyright was not renewed in 1977, with the film ending up in the public domain. See more »

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For the first half of the opening song, "Beans", Alvin has a bandage on his finger (left hand, middle finger). Halfway through the song, the bandage disappears. See more »

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Pfc. Alvin Korwin: I'm warning you, you're driving me crazy.
1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli: That's no drive, that's a short putt!
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Referenced in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) See more »

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Swanee River
Written by Stephen Foster
Played by the band
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Beans! Beans! Beans!
18 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

When one views a Martin and Lewis film, one wasn't expect much I guess. You have Lewis's patented clowning around, and Martin's singing straight man. At War with the Army is the first movie I've seen of theirs as a team (I've seen other films with them as stars separately). It's somewhat interesting to watch them as a team. They play off each other quite well, even though the material here is quite treacly and quite hammy. You can probably predict that they're Army soldiers going into one hi-jinx after another in the barracks. This is taken from a stage play, not too sure if Martin and Lewis starred in the actual play, ( my guess is that they did). Not exactly Tony material.

One thing that did surprise me though, is what a showman Jerry Lewis is. His singing and dancing along with his comic timing is quite impeccable here, a sure sign of things to come.


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