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This Is the Army (1943)

aka This Is the Army

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 121 mins · English


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Small Eileen Dibble
Small Maxie Twardofsky
Small Sgt. McGee
No_movie_poster Eddie Dibble
No_movie_poster Mrs. Davidson
Small Rose Dibble
Small Maj. John B. Davidson
Small Ethel Jones
Small Mrs. O'Brien
Small Mrs. Nelson
Small Herself
No_movie_poster World War One Vocalist
No_movie_poster Herself
Small Johnny Jones (as Lt. Ronald Reagan)
Small Jerry Jones


Small Michael Curtiz Director


In World War I, the musical Yip Yip Yaphank is a rousing success. During the show, it is learned that the troop has received its orders to ship off to France, and thus the end number is changed so that the soldiers march through the theater with their rifles and gear and out into the waiting convoy of trucks. Jones kisses his new bride on the way down the aisle.

In the war, several of the soldiers in the production are killed. Jerry Jones is wounded in France, by shrapnel during a German artillery barrage. He loses the full use of one of his legs, ending his career as a dancer and must walk with a cane. Nevertheless he is resolved to find something useful to do. Sgt. McGee and Pvt. Eddie Dibble,the bugler also survive.

Twenty-five years later, with World War II raging in Europe, Jones' son Johnny enlists in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor is attacked. He tells his sweetheart that they cannot marry until he returns, since he doesn't want to make her a widow. He grudgingly accepts the order to stage another musical, just as his father did. The show goes on tour around the United States and eventually plays in front of President Roosevelt (Jack Young) in Washington, D.C.. During the show, it is announced that the Washington, D.C. performance will be the last night, and that afterwards the soldiers in the production will be ordered back to their combat units.

Johnny's erstwhile fiancée, who has since joined the Red Cross auxiliary, appears at the show. During a break in the show, she brings a minister and convinces them that they should marry - which they do, in the alley behind the theater, with their fathers as witnesses.