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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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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.
The Navy gets the gravy, but the Army gets the beans.
While getting through the opening credits I was amazed to discover that this movie was 'adapted from a play'. The film not only has the look and feel of a play, it also has the look and feel of a bare boned TV test pilot episode of M*A*S*H* that has gone terribly, terribly wrong. However, if you've never seen any Martin & Lewis films, this film is a good place to start. The reason it's a good place to start is because after this film, the films can only get better.

While 'At War With The Army' is not a classic comedy, it does feature a handful of chuckles that hold a mild interest. You get to see a glimpse of Martin & Lewis' stage act, something you would see put to better effect some time later in 'The Caddy'. There are a couple of Dean Martin musical numbers for the fans of Dino and for the Lewis fans there's tons and tons of facial expressions, mimicry and cross dressing.

Although the film formula for the Martin & Lewis movies never strayed too far from their "Straight Man/Idiot" routine, what is a little surprising here is how mean the character of Sgt. Puccinelli (Dean Martin) is to Pfc. Alvin Korwin (Jerry Lewis) throughout the film. Because of his attitude towards Lewis, Martin comes off mainly as boorish and self-centered. This doesn't do Martin any favors when he sings his songs at the nightclub or in the recording studio; you just want something really bad to happen to him. One wonders if Hal Walker (the director) forgot he was making a comedy. Making Martin's character such an a-hole seems to be a cheap way to make the audience feel sympathy for Lewis' character.

Well, that would be fine, but remember, this is Jerry Lewis in 'At War With The Army', not Harpo Marx in 'A Night At The Opera'. Lewis isn't naturally lovable like Harpo; Lewis becomes irritating in almost every film he's ever been in, that's his charm, right? What makes the other films of Martin & Lewis work is that Dean sticks up for Lewis; he's even amused by him to some extent. There's no reason for Martin to dislike Lewis so much in this film. I could understand the friction between their characters in 'The Stooge', but here his hatred has no merit. I mean isn't it enough that Lewis is playing this 'Cinderella' type of character, can't we feel for him enough as it is? Making Dino such a heavy in the film just to give Lewis some sympathy from the audience was a mistake. Walker should've made them to be best friends that climbed up through the army ranks at different speeds. Dino is on the fast track because he's a likable and able soldier and Lewis is on the longer track because he's a born potato peeler and mop swabber. Remember, the title is 'At War With The Army', not 'At War With Pfc. Alvin Korwin'.

Pointing out all of the silly forms to sign and army procedures is what works best in the film. It never hits too hard with its army satire, but it does effectively point out the wasteful and mindless protocol that has to be followed and how this protocol sets up power structures within the ranks. Again, it comes off as a bare boned TV test pilot of M*A*S*H*.


Lewis says under the pressure while being bullied by the high-ranking officers at training camp that, "concentration camp has got to be better than this". Hmmm…well, that's a pretty offensive line. However, I think this line takes on a whole new meaning when one remembers that some twenty years later Lewis would try to make a comedy that takes place in a German concentration camp (The Day The Clown Cried).

The best moment comes when Martin & Lewis do a scene from 'Going My Way' with Martin as Bing Crosby and Lewis as Barry Fitzgerald. It comes off as surprisingly touching, if not just a little out of place. You also think to yourself, "why wasn't the rest of this movie anywhere as good as this?"

Recommended viewing only for inclusive film collectors, fans of Lewis & Martin or very young children.

6/10. Clark Richards
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.
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!
"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.
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!
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.
Martin & Lewis Take on Uncle Sam
1st Off, Great Movie. I was in the Army, and I can tell you the orderly room sequences were very realistic, much more like the Army I was in than lets say From Here to Eternity. The First Sgt, the Company Commander, The Supply Sgt, The Platoon Sgt and the Privates were just too hilarious & realistic to believe. Along with the great Musical & Comedy skits by Dean & Jerry I rate this movie much higher than some of their later ones, ie, "The Caddy" & "Thats My Boy".

But all in all I recommend the viewer to watch this movie in its entirety and if the viewer happens to have served in the military before, I guarantee this will ring the remember bell of the funny & not so funny times of their military service. Along with films like "Stripes" this one is a keeper. Check it out.
At War In The Army
'At War With The Army' starts off a bit messy and much of the humour feels a little dated. The first half hour is a little out of place but some of the jokes get you through it. However, it is the latter half that I enjoyed the most. The slapstick and situational comedies keep the viewer highly entertained, whether it's the sequence with Lewis dressed in drag and adjusting his voice trying to sound like a woman (having the effect opposite to the intended). I also enjoyed the songs in this part of the movie. It is perhaps common opinion that Martin and Lewis are a formidable comedic duo on screen. Their impressions in the final sequence and the on screen banter are amongst the highlights of 'At War With The Army' and the plus, easily outweigh the negative. This may not be the best of what the duo have accomplished but thanks to them it's good enough entertainment.
Great musical comedy, featuring Jerry Lewis at his slapstick best.
This is a fun WWII-era B&W movie, full of Jerry Lewis and his ridiculous goofiness! Featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in their first collaboration, this film gave our family some wonderful laugh relief from our January, cabin-fever suffering.

Jerry is a hapless private and Dean is the bossy First Sergeant of a slipshod platoon at a stateside training base. Jerry and Dean were friends who grew up in the same neighborhood before Uncle Sam made GIs out of them. All of the stereotypical military comedy characters are present, including the loudmouth drill instructor, the conniving supply sergeant, the doting corporal and the bumbling, hen-pecked company commander.

Most of the action takes place in the orderly room, but our favorite scene involved Jerry singing a love song...I don't want to reveal any more details, but I think Jim Carrey may have studied acting by watching Jerry Lewis movies.

My kids liked this film more than (the original) "The Nutty Professor", because of its lighter tone. I rate this comedy "8" on a scale of 1 to 10, and highly recommend it!
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