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Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 August 1938 (USA)
This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

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Cast

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Alexander (Roger Grant)
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Jerry Allen
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Davey Lane
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Professor Heinrich
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Aunt Sophie
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Taxi Driver
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Bill
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Wally Vernon
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Ruby
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Snapper
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Louie
Eddie Collins ...
Corporal Collins
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Stage Manager
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Storyline

Roger Grant, a classical violinist, disappoints his family and teacher when he organizes a jazz band, but he and the band become successful. Roger falls in love with his singer Stella, but his reluctance to lose her leads him to thwart her efforts to become a solo star. When the World War separates them in 1917, Stella marries Roger's best friend Charlie. Roger comes home after the war and an important concert at Carnegie Hall brings the corners of the romantic triangle together. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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band | ragtime | violinist | singer | dance | See All (60) »

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An American Cavalcade!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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16 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This earned the second highest number of Academy Award nominations in 1938, six in total. See more »

Goofs

An on-location establishing shot shows the Cliff House, a famous San Francisco restaurant, sitting on a cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. A 1930's model car drives by in the foreground. However, this scene takes place before World War I in the movie, so the car is about 25 years too early. See more »

Quotes

Stella's Sailor freind: So, did you ever learn long division?
Stella Kirby: I never even learned short division!
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Crazy Credits

The music that Tyrone Power "conducts" during the film's opening credits is the song "Marching Along With Time", which was ultimately cut from the film. The song, however, as sung by Ethel Merman, has survived as an outtake and can be seen as an extra feature on the DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Tyrone Power (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Ethel Merman and chorus
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The music is everything.
12 July 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The plot is really nothing more than boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, but it's enough of a framework to present an almost non-stop catalogue of great Irving Berlin songs. The music itself is all that is needed to make this a grand entertainment; the litany of classic Berlin standards includes the title song, "Now It Can Be Told", "Everybody's Doing It Now", "Easter Parade" and many others, performed by Twentieth-Century Fox's stock musical players Tyrone Power, Alice Faye and Don Ameche, as well as Jack Haley (who does a great comic rendition of "Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning") and a young, vibrant Ethel Merman, singing, amongst others, "Blue Skies" and "My Walking Stick". All in all, a wonderful "escape" film.


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