In which I attempt to watch every film in The Criterion Collection and end up watching a lot that aren't. Click here for the rating system.


At War with the Army

"Beautiful Beans!"№¢

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's first major picture together as a team. They had supporting roles in two earlier films which convinced execs to give them their own place in the sun. Made in 1950, At War mostly makes jokes about army politics and women troubles. I hate to be ungenerous, but compared to later work, this film is tiresome. The only appreciable moment (by this film critic's standards) was the "Bean" song by Jerry Lewis. You must watch and memorize this song. The beauty of it will haunt you for the rest of your life! As will the sight of Jerry Lewis in drag...

Favorite Moments: The bean song.


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