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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook | This is the Army (offensive material) | PBS

Duration: 07:27
Program: Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

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.

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Post Date: August 26, 2010