Up In Arms

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Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He’s also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she’s in love with his…

ACTORS :  Danny Kaye, Dana Andrews, Dinah Shore

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1944

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Up In Arms  Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He’s also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she’s in love with his best friend Joe.

My all-time favourite comedy-musical!

The first Danny Kaye vehicle, this film still has the power to make me laugh. The action revolves around a hypochondriac named Danny Weems who is hopelessly in love with a beautiful nurse named Mary (played by the lovely Constance Dowling) at the hospital he works as a doorman at, while completely unaware of the attentions of her multi-talented best friend and fellow nurse, Virginia (played by the talented Dinah Shore, a singer known to those alive in the ’70s as the host of “Dinah! & Friends”). Meanwhile, Danny introduces his handsome roommate Joe to Virginia, but Joe and Mary end up hitting it off, though Danny is completely oblivious to it all.

This movie was contemporary with World War II, of course, and the real action begins when Danny is drafted by the U.S. Army despite the multiple ailments he believes he has. Joe joins up along with him, and — of course — the two nurses join up as well. And the movie goes along from there.

As with Kaye’s other well-known movies, “Up In Arms” is a virtual showcase of his comedic talents when they were still very fresh and seemingly spontaneous. The musical numbers are particularly enjoyable.

This is a film one needs to see if one needs a good, clean laugh. I saw this movie as a kid a decade ago when I was home from school and sick, and Danny Kaye kept me laughing throughout the whole thing — it definitely made me forget my troubles.

The only downside to this film is the stereotypical characterisation of the Japanese soldiers seen near the end, but the viewer must remember when this film was made, and that wartime propaganda like this was common. In comparison to others from that era, the comedy is fairly tame.

My rating for this movie is 10 out of 10. They truly don’t make them like this any more.

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