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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:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Dolores Costello. 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

Johnny Jones: I'll guarantee you everything'll be ready on schedule. Now, take it easy Dad. You're trying to take care of every little detail in the whole show. That's too much for one man to do alone.
Jerry Jones: That's right. I guess I have been getting in everyone's hair around here.
Johnny Jones: Oh, that's not true, you've been swell!
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Crazy Credits

"This motion picture is distributed for the benefit of the US Army emergency relief fund" 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 Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Hostesses of the Stage Door Canteen
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Chorus
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I love this film!
27 August 2003 | by coloradokid719See all my reviews

I first saw this film on cable in the late 1970's, and was mesmerized by the story and the music. Certainly, as many people comment, it is propagandistic, but it is also a masterpiece, showcasing an almost-forgotten time. Irving Berlin is one of this country's most prolific and best-loved songwriters, and this musical extravaganza is an homage to his talent and genius.

The cast is unique and wonderful. The main characters are played solidly by "name" stars, but the musical ensemble cast (real U.S. soldiers at the time) are what set this film apart.

A reviewer complaining that it isn't "realistic" overstates the point. So what if you think an "average" army base couldn't produce a cast for a show like this. Film is a medium that attempts to suspend reality and let you enter a place, situation, relationship, time period, etc. that you might not otherwise get to experience. It's sometimes the view of one person's "reality," a manifestation of their own "vision."

My copy of this film is on a very old (early 80's) VHS copy, a low-end bargain release which is of marginal quality, but I love every minute of it. I certainly hope someone reviews some of the specific DVD choices out there, I'd like to get the DVD before I wear out the VHS!

If you enjoy a good flag-waving, patriotic musical, this is a film you will enjoy. If you enjoy Irving Berlin's music, it's a soundtrack you will enjoy. Personally I'd put this on a par with the 1942 film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and both films share a few cast members!


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