At War with the Army

1950

Action / Comedy / Musical / War

31
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 1815

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Cast

Dean Martin as 1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli
Jerry Lewis as Pfc. Alvin Korwin
Polly Bergen as Helen Palmer
Mike Kellin as Sgt. McVey
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751.50 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 1 / 3
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 4 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 5 / 10

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.

Reviewed by LeonLouisRicci 7 / 10

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Begin Long and Inconsistent Careers

This was the Start of Good Run for the Musical/Comedy Team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Their Break Up in 1956 is the Stuff of Legend, but Both went on to have Fantastic Success Solo. This is Virtually a Stage Play Filmed and it is Mostly Choreographed as such with Little Regard for the Move Medium.

It tends to Suffer for it although the Energy is High and it does move along at a Brisk Pace. The Camaraderie of the Two Stars is also Strained Somewhat because of the Nasty way Dean's Character Treats the Childlike Lewis. This makes the Transition to the Dance Hall Awkward and when Jerry makes Reference to Their Long Friendship before the War it is almost Unbelievable and comes out of Nowhere.

There are some Highlights with One for Dean with Polly Bergen in a Recording Booth and Jerry Dressed in Drag. The Movie is Talky and some of the other Characters Come and Go with Varying Degrees of Interest and the Whole Thing is Overstuffed.

Certainly Worth a Watch for Historical Context and Fans of Martin and Lewis or even Dean and Jerry on Their Own. This is the Really the Flashpoint for Both and it Propelled Long and Interesting Careers. Both had Inconsistent Results but Maintained Stellar Status and Rode what Talent They had as Far and Long as Possible.

Note…Although they made two movies before this in support, My Friend Irma (1949) and My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), this was the team's first headliner and launching point.

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 6 / 10

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.

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