Cast & Crew
Homer "Jeeper" Smith and Brewster "Breezy" Jones, two vacuum cleaner salesmen, are determined to sell their product, but the first house they approach does not have electricity and the next is the home of Colonel Dobson, who does not believe in modern technology. Although Dobson's daughter Bliss tries to prevent the men from encountering her father, they are determined to save her from what they believe is a hard life as a servant and proceed to demonstrate the vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately for them, the machine explodes in Dobson's face, and the salesmen run away in fear for their lives. Homer is not discouraged, however, and vows to sell a cleaner to the local army recruitment officer. While he is making his sales pitch, the officer enlists the unwitting Homer in the army and then tricks Breezy into enlisting as well. Homer and Breezy have a difficult time in basic training and are punished frequently for various infractions. One day, they are assigned to dig out the foundation under a house that is scheduled to be moved to a new location. The house belongs to Colonel Dobson, who is now the commanding officer of the cavalry unit to which Homer and Breezy are attached. When Captain Joe Radcliffe, Bliss's fiancé, is given the task of converting the cavalry unit to a tank unit, Dobson is furious, but Homer and Breezy decide to sell Dobson on the value of tanks so that Bliss and Joe will be able to marry. A disguised Homer offers Dobson a ride on a tank, which immediately runs out of control. Dobson cannot completely discount the tank's value, however, as Homer uses it to free a truck full of horses from the mud. The Dobsons' house is scheduled to be moved the next morning by conventional means, but, in one last effort to convince Dobson to switch over to tanks, Homer and Breezy decide to use the tank to move it that evening. During the move, the Dobsons think they are experiencing an earthquake, but finally the house is set on its new location. The following day, Homer and Breezy misuse some explosives, and the ground is blasted out from under the back of the house. When a team of horses fails to tow the house away from the edge, Homer and Breezy hook the house up to a tank and pull it to safety. Dobson is so pleased that he recommends Homer and Breezy for officer training in the new tank corps. Joe and Bliss are now free to marry.
De Wolfe Hopper
Armando And Lita
Edwin B. Dupar
Fred Niblo Jr.
Paul Gerard Smith
Willard Van Enger
Capt. Jack Voglin
You're in the Army Now
Jimmy Durante and Phil Silvers play a couple of vacuum cleaner salesmen who pop into an Army recruiting station to make what they think will be a quick, easy sale. Through a series of foul-ups and misunderstandings, they accidentally get inducted and land repeatedly in the brig as a result of their hi-jinks.
Durante was already a popular star on the radio and in movie comedies. Phil Silvers came up through vaudeville and the stage and had appeared in a few supporting roles prior to being cast in You're in the Army Now. He proved to be a good team with Durante, but apart from their work in the huge ensemble of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), they never made another movie together.
For the glamour element, the studio cast Jane Wyman, still stuck mostly in blonde ing¿e roles and not the respected dramatic actress she would become after her Oscar® for Johnny Belinda (1948). But this film does give her the distinction of having performed (along with Regis Toomey) what is reported to be the longest screen kiss in movie history - three minutes and five seconds! After the scene was shot, Wyman's husband at the time, Ronald Reagan, went over to Toomey and asked, "How did you get her to sit still that long?"
The backstage stories connected with You're in the Army Now reveal more about Wyman's husband than about her or her co-stars. Marguerite Chapman, who had a small part in the film as part of the Navy Blues singing sextet, was sitting at a table in the Warners commissary with Ronald Reagan one day, discussing their religions. Reagan - already becoming known for some strident conservative political opinions - asked her why she was a Catholic. "I was born one," she replied. "That doesn't mean you have to stay one," he countered. She said she never liked him from that day on. Chapman, who made about 40 films between 1940 and 1960, was asked to audition for the role of the elderly Rose in Titanic (1997), but she was too ill to work and the part went to Gloria Stuart.
Director: Lewis Seiler
Producer: Benjamin Stoloff
Screenplay: Paul Girard Smith, George Bentley
Cinematography: Arthur L. Todd
Editing: Frank Magee
Production Design: Stanley Fleischer
Original Music: Howard Jackson
Cast: Jimmy Durante (Homer "Jeeper" Smith), Phil Silvers (Breezy Jones), Jane Wyman (Bliss Dobson), Regis Toomey (Capt. Joe Radcliffe).
by Rob Nixon
You're in the Army Now
A kiss in the movie between Jane Wyman and Regis Toomey is, to date (1999), the longest kiss in film history, lasting three minutes and five seconds.
The film begins with the following written foreword: "The United States Army has issued a call for men of Strength, Courage and Intelligence. This is the story of two boys who went right ahead and enlisted....ANYHOW."