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True to the Army

True to the Army(1942)

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Private Bill Chandler, also known as "Broadway Bill," has abandoned New York theater to enlist in the Army, where he now produces morale-boosting plays at Fort Bray. At a nearby circus, tightrope walker Daisy Hawkins witnesses the murder of the circus owner by the Drake gang. Although Drake is arrested, his gang plans to kill Daisy so that she cannot testify against him. Daisy escapes to hide with her boyfriend, Private J. Wethersby "Pinky" Fothergill, the official pigeoneer stationed at Fort Bray. Still in costume, Daisy first stumbles into one of Bill's auditions, for which the soldiers are dressed as women, and he assumes that she is yet another masquerading soldier. Because she seems to be the only talented singer, Bill agrees to help hide Daisy. Bill and Pinky cut her hair, give her a soldier's uniform and call her "Private Omstock," and Daisy soon becomes the hit of her unit because she is a sharpshooter. Bill, in the meantime, meets the commanding officer's beautiful daughter, Vicki Marlow, and discovers that she is a talented singer and tapdancer. However, Colonel Marlow refuses to allow her in the show. When Drake's thugs send a man posing as a police detective to the fort, Marlow arranges an all-out search for Daisy. Daisy successfully continues her ruse until one night, when her well-meaning unit soldiers take her to a local nightclub, she gets drunk and starts to apply makeup. When Drake's thugs try to take her away, the soldiers pick a fight with them, during which Daisy escapes. By the time of the show, Bill and Vicki have fallen in love while secretly rehearsing Vicki's numbers. Marlow is initially dismayed to see his daughter onstage until he receives the approbation of his commanding officers. Bill has arranged for the police to infiltrate the theater, hoping that Daisy's appearance onstage will lure the gangsters out in public. During Pinky's magic act, the thugs shoot at Daisy using silencers, but their aim is off. However, Daisy's aim never falters during her sharpshooting act, and in the next dance she shoots the guns out of the gangsters' hands. The gangsters are arrested, and Bill proposes to Vicki during the finale.