This is the Army (1943)

Rated NR

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.

The film follows Jerry Jones who as a civilian was dancer before he was drafted into WWI. As a moral boaster he was encouraged to write a show for his fellow service men. Thus produced Berlin’s Yip Yip Yaphank. We follow his show to WWII where Jones’ son Johnny enlisted.

It may sound like the story isn’t fluent but it does run smoothly. With the music from Irving Berlin it’s a great movie to honor our service men and women.

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