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At War with the Army
War, Romance, Comedy, Musical
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Hal Walker
Jerry Lewis as Pfc. Alvin Korwin
Paul Livermore as Pvt. Jack Edwards
Ty Perry as Lt. Terray
Kenneth Forbes as Lt. Davenport
Jimmie Dundee as Eddie
Tommy Farrell as Cpl. Clark
Dick Stabile as Pvt. Pokey
Frank Hyers as Cpl. Shaughnessy
William Mendrek as Capt. Ernest Caldwell
Angela Greene as Mrs. Deborah Caldwell
Danny Dayton as Supply Sgt. Miller (as Dan Dayton)
Dean Martin as 1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli
Mike Kellin as Sgt. McVey
Polly Bergen as Helen Palmer
Storyline: 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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One of the best spoofs of Army training
"At War with the Army" is an early teaming of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. It has some of the slapstick that is always part of Lewis's roles. And it has a dose of singing and dancing – another mark of the duo's films. A couple of funny scenes stand out, but for the most part, the gags and antics aren't overly funny. What is very good about this film is its spoofing of Army life in training centers and posts. The script is superb in this regard. Not much of Army life or procedure escapes the cynic's pen in this movie. So, this is a very good comedy satire of Army life and training at home in peace time.

Some great movies satirize the big picture, military policy and war – as in "Dr. Strangelove." But this film pokes fun at the every day details of Army camp training and society. The portrayal of the wives having knowledge of all plans and operations ahead of the regular brass is a riot. The red-tape, bureaucracy and slow-downs in Army paperwork and procedure get a good raking over. One thing after another is parodied. All of these add up to the funniest segments of the movie.

Other comedy teams and individuals have made funnier movies with lots of slapstick and antics by the stars. And, there have been a number of good comedy-romances over the years. This is not one of the funniest military comedies, and it's not a great work of satire. But it is one of the best spoofs of Army training and life. It will bring a smile and knowing nod to anyone who served in the Army among the grunt ranks.
Dean and Jerry.
It's hard now to imagine how popular this comedy team was around 1950. Everyone with a television set seemed tuned in to their Colgate Comedy Hour in which the routines were usually similar: the silly Jerry Lewis was Lou Costello and the self-confident Dean Martin was Bud Abbott. Martin insulted Lewis constantly, shoving him around, and Lewis helped with his whiny voice and puppet-like postures.

The show was risqué for its time. They once used the word "broad" to refer to a woman. They came close to using a forbidden word when they exclaimed, "What the -- HEY!" When they broke up a few years later it was tragic, like the Beatles breaking up a generation later.

This production is true to form. Lewis whines, makes faces, and falls down. Martin orders him around and treats him with scorn. It appears to be a hurried version of a stage play made during the war years. Basically, there is a single set, the Captain's office and the Admittance Room or whatever it's called. Dean Martin is Top Sergeant (after having been in the Army for only five years) and Lewis is a PFC.

There are a couple of songs, limitlessly forgettable, a stunning solo on the alto sax by Dick Stabile as Punky, and a spot-on impersonation of "Going My Way," with Lewis as Barry Fitzgerald's priest and Martin passing convincingly for Bing Crosby.

It doesn't seem very funny now. People rush in and out of rooms and shout at one another. Lewis somehow winds up dressed as a blond girl in a beer parlor but the jokes seem weak. After their split, both performers went on to more ambitious and better things.
Good when Dino is on screen
Dean Martin is very funny as a frustrated office sergeant in this Army comedy.

Polly Bergen is beautiful and she sings a song with Dean, while Dean sings one song alone. Jerry 'The Schmuck' Lewis is much less impressive.

Film was released in 1950, though the print you'll see looks more like the movie was made in 1939. But at least it's funny.

Base office scenes are great and magnify the kind of stuff that goes on in the military. I worked in Air Force administration and it was silly at times. My favorite line is when the captain tells Dino to send in "morning reports the night before".
"The Navy Gets The Gravy, But The Army Gets The Beans."
For their new comedy team of Martin and Lewis Paramount acquired the rights to a short run play on Broadway entitled At War With The Army and adapted it for Dean and Jerry. Although they don't have all that much together time on screen, Dean and Jerry do have their moments individually and together.

At War With the Army was their first starring feature and while the vehicle seems stage bound in its first half, the second half more than makes up for it. Especially with Jerry Lewis on the obstacle course being 'helped' by Sergeant Mike Kellin.

Kellin, who was in the original Broadway cast, really competes with Lewis for the laughs in this film. His characterization as a brain dead drill sergeant is really good.

Dino gets to sing Tona Wanda Hoy in this film and while it sold a few platters he never got a real big hit out of a Martin and Lewis film until That's Amore in The Caddy.

At War With the Army bears some resemblance to the Abbott and Costello films Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives where Bud and Lou play separate roles and aren't really a team. Dean and Jerry do that here, but there's enough team work so their fans wouldn't be disappointed.

The film was directed by Hal Walker who did a few of their early films and who had good training as he did a Road picture or two with Paramount. They also did a takeoff of Going My Way with Jerry nailing Barry Fitzgerald down. Then again everyone said Dino sang like Bing anyway.
New restored version available
First off, because this film has been in the public domain, virtually every version released on DVD has been lousy. Finally, Film Chest has done a good restoration. The opening credits seem a little shaky, but after that the print is very good. So, kudos to Film Chest.

This story began as a play, and it shows, and that's always been my complaint about the film. It just has that feel to it (for example, the first 30 minutes of the film is in two rooms in a military office). The production values here were moderate at best -- it was the first film to be produced by Martin & Lewis' own film company -- York Productions. Nevertheless, with the restoration, it's decent to watch.

One of the problems here is that the plot as thin as an anorexic. It's about 20 minutes into the film before any plot at all emerges. Meanwhile there are a few funny lines (along the caliber of "He used to be a soda jerk, but he ran outta soda").

About 30 minutes into the film, Dean Martin has his first song -- "Tonda Wanda Hoy", a clever romantic song with a Hawaiian theme. Polly Bergen, Dean's love interest, doesn't come into the film until 50 minutes in. She really was quite lovely. It's about this time when Dean and Polly duet on the best song of the picture -- "You And Your Beautiful Eyes"; it's a snappy song with a poor arrangement (better to listen to the Capitol recording).

As far as Jerry Lewis, he essentially plays the same character he played in every other Martin & Lewis picture.

In terms of other supporting actors, Mike Kellin is along (why did he become an actor?), as is band leader Dick Stabile who has a small supporting role.

Suffice it to say that this film is of interest mainly to Martin & Lewis fans (and I am a fan of Martin). At least we've now got a good restoration.
One of Their Best
A bunch of comedic misadventures surround an army training camp office.

One of the best of M & L. One reason is a clever script adapted from a stage play. That means better than usual comedic lines, and also that Lewis's mugging isn't the only funny element. Unlike his later films, Lewis complements the laughs here instead of monopolizing them. Also, Martin gets to warble a few tunes in his smooth baritone. I especially like the record-booth duet with Polly Bergen that's really quite charming. And I wonder what happened to the quite talented Jean Ruth as the befuddled Millie who can't seem to decide where she works or whom she's dating. Ruth shows a lot of comedic spark in the role, but appears to have left the industry soon after. Too bad.

Not everything is roses. Being an ex-stage play means the story is pretty much confined to a single set with characters rushing in and out. Keeping up with the diverse lot may require a scorecard. Of course, there's nothing new about the comedic potential of misfits in the military, and this one was followed by several more M&L entries in a similar vein. Anyway, the act here in their first film is still, fresh, energetic and funny.
This mediocre comedy is required viewing, of course.
This is required viewing since it is Martin and Lewis' first movie. As a comedy, it's not that great. It's not very funny, there's a lot of time wasted on generic dialog, and Dean's character isn't likable since he mostly shouts, bullies, womanizes, and lies throughout. The movie is based on a play and it seems that some portions that may have played well in a live setting don't work on the screen. I can't be too sure since I don't know what is new to this movie and didn't appear in the play, or what did work in 1950 but doesn't work in 2005.

I got a good nostalgic feeling watching the movie. It gave me a feeling of sitting in a playhouse in 1940 with that era of audience and laughing at silly running gags like the half open door. Now that the bar has been raised so many times with comedy superstars like Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, and Jerry Lewis himself, it's fun to watch material from a simpler time.

Dean comes across well. His singing is great, he dances, and does an excellent impersonation of Bing Crosby. This is a good showcase of his talent.

Jerry also comes across well, as expected, with all of his trademarks. Bumbling clowning, funny faces, pouting, mime. His singing was better than I expected. He switches off between various singing voices like his zany voice, mock romantic, sarcastic, etc. He can hit the high notes and he sounds good.

The plot is pretty good. The various subplots involving Jerry, his wife and baby, his former friendship with Dean, Dean's two girlfriends and his military career, Dean's romantic rival, and the captain and his wife make for a somewhat complex plot. The movie builds up to the climax where all of the misunderstandings (and intentional subterfuges by Dean's character) come together with seven actors on screen at the same time fighting each other to work things out. We're lucky that all seven made it into the TV frame! I was touched by the ending in the same way that I remember always being touched by Martin and Lewis' movies: as though they are really good friends and that's heartwarming.

I was surprised to see so much polish on Martin and Lewis for their first movie, but you have to remember that they had been doing a live act before this, so that explains it.

I can imagine that a lot of the physical comedy gags, like running in and out of doors, throwing things around the room, jumping in another's arms, running around the room turning off lights, fighting with the drink machine, etc, would have worked in a play where the actors are actually doing that stuff live right in front of you. That would have added a lot of action to this play, where plays can sometimes be boring. On screen it doesn't work for me. It seems silly but nothing more.

Martin and Lewis' act is something like the Smothers Brothers' act. Martin scolds Lewis and Lewis gets meek and pouts.

I think most of the value in this movie comes from the performance pieces. The feature songs, dances, impersonations, and large comedy bits like the drink machine scene and Jerry as a woman are good stuff. I'm sorry to say that the rest of the material, which is probably the original play, doesn't quite cut it.
"He used to be a soda jerk, he just ran out of soda."
It was a long time after I'd watched Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in individual vehicles that I learned about their early career team up. Both are so widely disparate in temperament and personality that the combination seems implausible. Even here, their brand of humor doesn't suggest camaraderie, as Sgt. Puccinelli (Martin) takes special delight in lording over the hapless Private Korwin (Lewis).

I was surprised to see in the early credits that the film introduces Polly Bergen. She shares about equal screen time with the picture's other female complements, Jean Ruth and Angela Greene. The impression that stands out of course is that long close up during a duet between Bergen and Martin that endorses her future celebrity. It had the aura of a shampoo and toothpaste commercial rolled into one; you almost expect one of those magical twinkles to flash in her eyes.

I guess you WOULD have to go back to 1950 to enjoy a five cent soda from a vending machine; I'm always happy to see those reminders of a simpler time.

Say, just how drunk would you have to be to come on to a guy in drag with a hairy chest wearing a dress? Mike Kellin portrays the inebriated Sgt. McVey and in his way looks like another version of the rubber faced Lewis. Makes you kind of wonder how one guy becomes a super star and another gets by as a character actor.

There's a surprise bit in the film when Lewis and Martin mimic Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby in a scene from "Going My Way", both are dead on in one of the highlights of the movie.

"At War With The Army" can easily be found individually or in compilation with a host of public domain films of the era. It's worth a viewing for an early look at future celebrity legends whose careers eventually took separate paths.
At War with the Army Review
This was to me one of the funniest movies ever that Dean and Jerry made together. They were absolutely great together sort of like a big brother, little brother relationship that actually worked well on screen for both them playing off of each others weaknesses and strengths. I give this movie 10 stars out of 10! I may be a bit biased since I was too young to remember much of the other comedy duos as Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and not to take anything away from them as they were great in their own right as well e.t.c.. However, Dean and Jerry were the best ever comedic acting duo and writing this review makes me want to see this movie again real soon! I'm not sure how many times I have seen this movie but suffice it to say at least 5-10 times or more over the years. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys the war time type of movie setting as it made for a great backdrop for a movie. I don't see anyone coming along to ever replace guys like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis they were truly a once in lifetime experience of great talent and knew how to make an audience laugh and forget about their troubles even if for just a couple of hours at a time. God bless them both!
A slow start...
This is Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' first STARRING film--some reviews have said that this was their first film, though this was "My Friend Irma" from the previous year and "My Friend Irma Goes West" came out a few months before "At War With the Army". Because it was such an early film, the style and chemistry of the movie certainly isn't what you might expect for the team. The first big difference you'll notice is Jerry's musical number in his first scene! The next is that there really isn't much chemistry between them--as if it's a "Martin VERSUS Lewis" film! All too often, Dean yells at Jerry--and there's nothing all that funny about this. Any sort of camaraderie between them is missing. And, oddly, Jerry plays a guy who is married! The film is an army comedy--a type of film that was very popular around 1940-1941 but had a bit of a resurgence in the 1950s--with films like this one, "No Time for Sergeants" and "Jumping Jacks". Compared to such classic films as these plus "Caught in the Draft", "Buck Privates" and "Tanks a Million", "At War With the Army" comes up very short--mostly because it just doesn't have the laughs or chemistry the other films had.

Before joining the Army, Jerry and Dean had been friends. Now, Dean's a sergeant and Jerry is a lowly private. And, quite often, Dean bosses Jerry about--sort of like some sort of slave. But most of the film consists of Jerry doing his thing and Dean doing his--and not at all like a team. As a result, the overall plot isn't particularly good but the viewer instead is waiting for good moments--little gems that appear here and there. One of the best is seeing Jerry in drag--he made a very, very interesting (and hairy) blonde! The reaction of everyone in the bar was priceless! And, some of the songs aren't bad. But again, these are only moments within an otherwise humdrum film.

Overall, this is a film that is a must-see for Martin & Lewis fans...otherwise, eminently skip-worthy!
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