Michael Feinsteins American Songbook

This is the Army (offensive material)

Clip: Season 1

This is the Army was a traveling, all-soldier musical revue created by Irving Berlin to raise money for WWII. These two clips from the movie version show Irving Berlin performing a classic war song; and also show a production number, "Mandy" that hearkens back, uncomfortably, to the minstrel tradition, with white actors in blackface and, perhaps even more bizarrely, in drag.

Aired: 10/06/10

Rating: NR

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