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At War with the Army VHS
Mastered from the Original Studio Print. Martin and Lewis appear in their first starring roles as soldiers getting mixed up in all kinds of wild situations at their Army base. The highlight comes when the two of them imitate Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald in a hilarious parody of Going My Way.
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AWWTA is based on a stage play, and really looks it. With the exception of a few outdoor scenes, most of the film is very "stagebound" as the characters occupy a handful of set pieces, and Martin & Lewis are obliged to share their screen time with a wide assortment of characters. Strangely enough, Martin & Lewis do not seem to be intentionally paired as a team here, since their characters only cavort in a few scenes together. One of the "convincers" that they are a team is the "Service Show" scene, obviously a holdover from their nightclub act. The problem is that their 2 characters are mostly at odds with each other, since one is Sargeant (Martin) while the other is a lowly Private (Lewis). Dean sings his songs as smoothly as he does in future movies, while Jerry sings a cute, funny novelty number that "The Navy Gets the Gravy While the Army Gets the Beans", and does a curious turn in drag singing a French accent, and mugging it up.
The film has a sort of "B-movie" feel to it, mostly because it was produced by someone else, and not Hal Wallis, who would give such polish & style to their following films. The DVD interpretation here is scratchy, dark & blurred in spots, but still viewable.
Although not their best by any means, AWWTA was a big hit when it first debuted, and was an indication that the best from Martin & Lewis was still to come.