Watch At War with the Army
- 1 hr 33 min
At War with the Army is a 1950 American musical comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, produced by Fred Kohlmar, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is adapted from a 1949 stage musical of the same name, that was later made into a Broadway play. The plot revolves around the misadventures of Private First Class Alvin Korwin (Jerry Lewis) who is a clumsy and accident-prone soldier, and his friend Sergeant Vic Puccinelli (Dean Martin), who keeps him out of trouble. Alvin is determined to win the love and attention of local hostess, Susan (Polly Bergen), who is also the daughter of the base commander. Along the way, the two men engage in comic hijinks and musical numbers, including a parody of "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis.
The film takes place at the fictional Fort Baxter, a US Army base in the South Pacific during World War II. The setting provides a backdrop for the duo's comedic antics, as they deal with the military's strict rules and regulations, as well as the inexperience of some of the troops. The pair's relationship is often strained by Alvin's constant mishaps, and the interference of other soldiers who try to one-up the bumbling private.
Throughout the film, we see Dino crooning a few songs, which give us a glimpse of his talent as a singer, and Jerry Lewis in his full clownish glory, as he mugs for the camera and pratfalls. The two were relatively unknown at the time, but their chemistry and antics quickly won over audiences, making At War with the Army a box office success.
One of the highlights of the film is the musical number "The Navy Gets the Gravy, but the Army Gets the Beans." The song is a humorous take on the perceived differences between the various branches of the US military, and the trials and tribulations of serving in the army. Dean and Jerry perform the song with gusto, showcasing their comedic timing and musical talents.
At War with the Army also features a strong supporting cast, including Mike Kellin as Sgt. McVey, who serves as a foil to Jerry Lewis' character, and Angela Greene as Ginny, an aspiring singer who catches the eye of Sgt. Puccinelli. The cast works well together, with each member contributing to the overall humor and charm of the film.
Overall, At War with the Army is a lighthearted and entertaining film that showcases the comedic stylings of two burgeoning talents in Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The film's humor is timeless, with much of the slapstick and wordplay still managing to elicit laughs today. For fans of classic comedy or military-themed films, At War with the Army is a must-see.
At War with the Army is a 1950 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.