Up in Arms

Up in Arms

1944 US Theatrical Poster
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Starring Danny Kaye
Dinah Shore
Edited by Daniel Mandell
James Newcom
John F. Link Sr.
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • February 17, 1944 (1944-02-17) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
106 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Up in Arms (1944) is a film directed by Elliott Nugent, and starring Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore.[2] It was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1945.[3]

Plot synopsis

Danny Weems works as an elevator operator in a New York Medical building, so that he can be close to doctors and nurses and get free advice on his supposed illnesses. The doctors know him well and consider him a hypochondriac. So when he is drafted into the US Army for war service, he is devastated. His best friend Joe gets himself also drafted so that he can keep an eye on Danny.

Danny is in love with nurse Mary Morgan, but she's really in love with Joe, and Joe's girl Virginia is secretly in love with Danny. The boys get through basic training, and as they embark by ship to the South Pacific, they discover that Mary and Virginia have also enlisted as army nurses. But as officers, they cannot fraternise with the boys.

Danny contrives to smuggle Mary on board, and during the voyage he tries to keep her hidden. But the truth eventually comes out and Danny is hauled before Colonel Ashley – who has him sent to the brig.

When the troops are landed on a Pacific island, Danny is again imprisoned, but is 'rescued' by a Japanese patrol. The try to interrogate him, but Danny manages to bamboozle them and eventually impersonate the commander. He gives orders that the soldiers surrender to the Americans – and they obey orders to the letter. And Danny's a hero.


Production notes


  1. "Up in Arms: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  2. http://www.allrovi.com/movies/movie/up-in-arms-v51959[]
  3. "Up in Arms (1944) Awards". IMDb. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
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