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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.

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

James B. Allardice (based on a play by), Fred F. Finklehoffe (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... 1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli
Jerry Lewis ... Pfc. Alvin Korwin
Mike Kellin ... Sgt. McVey
Jimmie Dundee ... Eddie
Dick Stabile ... Pvt. Pokey
Tommy Farrell ... Cpl. Clark
Frank Hyers ... Cpl. Shaughnessy
Danny Dayton ... Supply Sgt. Miller (as Dan Dayton)
William Mendrek William Mendrek ... Capt. Ernest Caldwell
Kenneth Forbes Kenneth Forbes ... Lt. Davenport
Paul Livermore Paul Livermore ... Pvt. Jack Edwards
Ty Perry Ty Perry ... Lt. Terray
Jean Ruth Jean Ruth ... Millie
Angela Greene ... Mrs. Deborah Caldwell
Polly Bergen ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tonto del batallón See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

During World War II you would not make first sgt. in five years. You'd be lucky to make buck sgt. in those days in five years. Without being in combat. Dean Martin (Puccinelli) says he been in Army fives when his overseas deployment is canceled. See more »

Quotes

Supply Sgt. Miller: He's gonna tell me how to run a business? He used to be a soda-jerk. He just run out of soda.
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Connections

References Going My Way (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonda Wanda Hoy
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
Sung by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on separate occasions
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Martin and Lewis become movie stars
23 June 2004 | by gimhoffSee all my reviews

A decade earlier, Abbott and Costello became movie stars with a pair of World War II military films, "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy." Here Martin and Lewis march in their bootsteps during the Korean War. The plotted and scripted comedy framework for this film may not be anything special, but the Martin and Lewis set pieces remain great. With hindsight, you can see the grounds for the pair's breakup this early in their career. Martin is charming when he's allowed to sing or do a solo bit, but his character is an unsympathetic bully to Lewis' hapless fumbler -- Bud Abbott at his most brutal to poor Costello.

The glimpses of bits of their stage and radio act, however, are funny -- their byplay before a band; their imitation of Bing Crosby (Martin, of course) and Barry Fitzgerald (Lewis)in "Going My Way"; Lewis in blonde drag (with a hairy chest showing over the v-neck of his dress) singing a husky-voiced torch song to Mike Kellin, and Martin's underplayed double-take and mumbled, "No, couldn't be," as he passes by them.

One special highlight is Polly Bergen in an early brief part as Martin's girlfriend. (The movie's credits read "introducing Polly Bergen," but IMDb lists two previous roles for her, one just a voice part.) This is Bergen before she had an absolutely perfect face with an absolutely perfect nose, but still, as Martin sings "You and Your Beautiful Eyes" to her, she is given a lengthy, star-making closeup in which she smiles and becomes luminous, and her future career is assured.


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