At War with the Army is a 1950 musical comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. It was filmed from July through August 1949, and released on December 30, 1950 by Paramount. It was re-released in 1958 by OMAT Pictures.
Martin and Lewis are former nightclub partners who are now enlisted in the Army. Sergeant Puccinelli (Dean Martin) now ranks above his former partner, Private First Class Korwin (Jerry Lewis). Puccinelli is desperately trying to get transferred from his dull job to active duty overseas. Meanwhile, all Korwin wants is a pass to see his wife and new baby. In addition, they have to avoid the wrath of Sergeant McVey (Mike Kellin).
When Martin and Lewis signed their film contract with Paramount Pictures, they were allowed to make one film 'outside' per year through their own company, York Productions. This film was made under that provision, with Martin and Lewis taking a small salary in exchange for 90 percent of the film's profits. However, upon its release a variety of events had taken place and Martin and Lewis were involved in a long-drawn out legal battle. After several years, Martin and Lewis relinquished all financial interest in this film in exchange for not having to making any more of these 'outside' films. As a result, no one renewed the copyright on this film in 1977, so that it is now in the public domain.
DVD release dateEdit
As this film is in the public domain, there have been at least a dozen DVD releases from a variety of companies over the years. The image below is the cover to the Good Times Video DVD release.