LikeTelevision proudly presents - At War with the Army, a terrific Martin & Lewis comedy classic about the craziness of being a soldier in the US Army. Jerry Lewis stars as pfc Alvin Korwin, who as you might expect, is a goofy nerd with a heart of gold. Meanwhile - Dean Martin plays First Sgt. Vic Puccinelli, a childhood friend of Korwin's, who is a callous womanizer, trying to dodge an airhead, former sweetheart named Millie... who is in trouble, i.e. pregnant. Jean Ruth is terrific in her role as Millie. The film also introduces Polly Bergen, who plays Helen - Vic's current girlfriend. They do a beautiful duet in an old style recording booth - where soldiers would send nifty audio messages to friends and family back home.
At War with the Army
Directed by - Hal Walker
(1950) - B&W - 93 min
The film is also historic, in that this is the first Lewis & Martin comedy duo movie project - which was made after their great debut performance in My Friend Irma (starring Marie Wilson as Irma and the beautiful Diana Lynn as Jane Stacy. Oddly enough, I dated Diana Lynn's daughter Dolly Hall in college and she was my first true love. Later on, Dolly Hall would go on to become a very successful producer. Her films include High Art w/ Ally Sheedy, Tad pole w/ Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, John Ritter, and Bebe Neuwirth - to name but a few.... but I digress).
Intro, B&W, title screens, credits, etc. The movie begins with some classic drill sergeant exercises with pfc. Alvin Korwin (jerry Lewis) being a dork - as you might expect. Later on, we meet Vic played by Dean Martin who is Korwin's buddy from back home. Plus a rousing song about beans - hey, what's not to like.
Jerry Lewis as Private 1st Class, Alvin Korwin
Jean Ruth, as the pregnant airhead Millie
The plot begins to thicken as we learn about the supply sergeant who is ripping off stuff, more comedy with Dean and Jerry, and when a girl in trouble shows up - looking for a soldier (Vic of course)... things get very interesting. Great fast paced comedy.... plus another musical number.
Polly Bergen as Vic's girlfriend Helen Palmer
A wonderful musical routine Dean Martin and the band - classic crooning from back in the day. Vic is still trying to dodge Millie. Meanwhile - Vic is planning to ship Helen's other love interest named Eddie overseas.... but Eddie learns about Millie and plans to use it against Vic.
At War with the Army
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Dean Martin stars as 1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli
Korwin dresses up in drag and sneaks out of camp to get Vic some music for a song he wants Vic to sing. Some very funny parts in a bar - where the drill sergeant wants to pick up Korwin - and vows to keep drinking till Korwin looks good. Dean Martin and Polly Bergen do a hot duet in the recording booth that ends with some steamy footage - well steamy for a 1950's movie slated for general audiences. Plus a surprise inspection by the Col. Davis, played by Douglas Evans.
The comedy duo of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in the kitchen, discussing beans.
Vic is still trying to dodge Millie.... Korwin wants to see his new baby - and the Captain thinks he's the father of the child Millie is expecting. A wonderful vaudeville routine by Martin and Lewis... and a very very funny spoof on Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby as who starred as Irish Catholic priests in Going My Way.
Jerry Lewis in drag - complete with a hairy chest. His Sgt has a great line - I am going to keep drinking till she looks good... what a great country song that would be, huh?
Watch the gripping conclusion - will Millie find Vic? Will Polly go for Vic or Eddie? Will Alvin Korwin make it home to see his new baby? Will these guys ever go to combat or will they just sing songs? Watch it and find out for yourself.
Captain Caldwell and his wife Deborah, who is knows all and runs the base.