This Is the Army (1943)





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Based both on the play by Irving Berlin of the same name and his musical, Yip Yip Yaphank, this film pays tribute to American soldiers fighting in WW II (though Yip... was aimed at WW I) by providing a plot that includes a big Broadway-like show featuring many musical numbers. The all-star cast includes Ronald Reagan, George Murphy, Stanley Ridges, Kate Smith, Joe Louis and even Irving Berlin himself.
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts
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Warner Bros.


George Murphy
as Jerry Jones
Joan Leslie
as Eileen Dibble
Ronald Reagan
as Johnny Jones
Irving Berlin
as Himself
George Tobias
as Maxie Stoloff
Alan Hale
as Sgt. McGee
Charles Butterworth
as Eddie Dibble
Dolores Costello
as Mrs. Davidson
Una Merkel
as Rose Dibble
Stanley Ridges
as Maj. Davidson
Ruth Donnelly
as Mrs. O'Brien
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Nelson
Kate Smith
as Herself
Frances Langford
as Cafe Singer
Joe Louis
as Himself
Ezra Stone
as Soldier
Tom D'Andrea
as Soldier
James Burrell
as Soldier
Ross Elliott
as Soldier
Alan Manson
as Soldier
Julie Oshins
as Soldier
Earl Oxford
as Soldier
Philip Truex
as Soldier
James MacColl
as Soldier
Tileston Perry
as Soldier
Joe Cook Jr.
as Soldier
Larry Weeks
as Soldier
Geno Erbisti
as Soldier
Angelo Buono
as Soldier
Robert Shanley
as Ted Nelson
Herbert Anderson
as Danny Davidson
Sgt. Fisher
as Blake Nelson
Victor Moore
as Fathers of Soldier
Ernest Truex
as Fathers of Soldier
Jackie Brown
as Mike Nelson
Patsy Moran
as Marie Twardofsky
Jimmy Conlin
as Doorman
Ilka Gruning
as Mrs. Twardofsky
Irving Bacon
as Waiter
Murray Alper
as Soldier
Pierre Watkin
as Stranger
John James
as Soldiers at Camp Cook
Henry Jones
as Soldier/Singer
Doodles Weaver
as Soldier on Cot
Leah Baird
as Old Timer's Wife
Warner Anderson
as Sports Announcer
Jack Young
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Robin Sidney
as Mr. Jones - Recruit / 'Ladies of Chorus' Printer
William Roerich
as Mr. Green - Recruit
Dick Bernie
as Hunting Skit Comedian
John Draper
as Soldier
Richard Irving
as Mandy - In Yellow Dress
Fred Kelly
as Mandy's Beau
Hank Henry
as Ladies of Chorus Plumber / Cigar Smoker in Canteen
J.P. Mandes
as Magician in Skit
Arthur Steiner
as Soldier
Pinkie Mitchell
as Cpl. Mitchell on Telelphone Pole / Comic General in Acrobat
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Critic Reviews for This Is the Army

All Critics (3)

It's never less than fascinating, and there's a lot to be said for the kind of weird history lesson movies like this represent.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

A great Fourth of July movie, big and bold and proud.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008

As American as apple pie.

Full Review… | November 11, 2008
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Audience Reviews for This Is the Army

Made by Warner Bros. to raise money for the Army Relief Fund (the film grossed an amazing $9.5 million), this is a colorful representation of two Irving Berlin shows: "Yip Yip Yaphank (from WWI) and "This Is the Army" (from WWII). The hit songs included "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen" and the title tune.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

This is the Army was written by the famous composer Irving Berlin as a tribute to the wartime soldiers during WWII. Berlin first wrote a broadway show Yip Yip Yaphank during WWI which this film was based from. The movie includes Berlin's own rendition of "Oh, How I Hate to get Up in the Morning" and Kate Smith's famous rendition of "God Bless America". The film also includes an ensemble cast and crew who served as well as Lt. Ronald Reagan as Johnny and the director Sgt. Ezra Stone.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

This Film has President Ronald Reagan in it, a very talented guy. Its a little while before he appears. Its made during WWII so its not as dramatic as most movies of Combat during that Era. Still with President Reagan in it deserves 3 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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