First in the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis features, At War with the Army
sets the tone for all collaborations to come—with Dean Martin as a self-confident Don Juan who always has a smile and a song for the ladies, and Jerry Lewis as a lovable but hapless screw-up who has only the best intentions.
In this musical comedy directed by Hal Walker, Alvin Korwin (Jerry Lewis) and Vic Puccinelli (Dean Martin) are buddies who join the army during WWII, but their friendship becomes strained once self-confident Romeo Vic is made a sergeant, and bumbling Alvin is left in the dust. And while Alvin struggles to obtain a higher rank than private, golden-boy Vic sets his sights on a lovely young woman named Helen (Polly Bergen). But unluckily for him, there's a pregnant girl named Millie who just might ruin his chances…
Highlights of this hilarious song-and gag-filled comedy include a scene in which Alvin dukes it out with an uncooperative soda machine, Alvin's humorous performance of "The Navy Gets the Gravy but the Army Gets the Beans," and the duo's comical impersonation of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald's characters in the film, Going My Way. If you're a fan of Martin & Lewis flicks, or if you just love a good laugh—then this film is for you!