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Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

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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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Alexander (Roger Grant)
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Stella Kirby
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Jerry Allen
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Davey Lane
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Professor Heinrich
Helen Westley ...
Aunt Sophie
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Taxi Driver
Paul Hurst ...
Bill
Wally Vernon ...
Wally Vernon
Ruth Terry ...
Ruby
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Snapper
Chick Chandler ...
Louie
Eddie Collins ...
Corporal Collins
Joseph Crehan ...
Stage Manager
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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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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

While most of the movie is fiction, once incident in the film was taken from Irving Berlin's life. During World War I, Berlin was drafted into the army, and produced a Broadway show called "Yip Yip Yaphank," starring U.S. Army servicemen. Berlin appeared in the show, singing the song, "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" (which Jack Haley performs in this film). At the end of each show, as depicted in the film, Berlin would lead the cast of servicemen down the theater aisle, singing "We're On Our Way To France." The show, "Yip Yip Yaphank," and Irving Berlin's follow-up World War II show, "This Is The Army," were both the subject of the film version of This Is the Army (1943), directed by Michael Curtiz. Berlin himself appears in the later film, singing, "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning." See more »

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Alexander returns from World War I after it ended, which occurred in late 1918. Even allowing for a year or two's delay, the women he meets upon his return are wearing clothing from the wrong era - they are immediately dressed in late 1930s fashions (appropriate for the year the film was released) instead of the lower hemlines and low (close to the face) hat styles of the early '20s. Hemlines didn't rise to just below the knee until the mid '20s, and women's body silhouettes were mannish, with the bust and waistline de-emphasized, unlike the fitted suit worn by Alice Faye when she sees Alexander upon his return. See more »

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Stella's Sailor freind: So, did you ever learn long 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 »


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My Walking Stick
(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Ethel Merman and chorus
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An All-Time Classic
4 November 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"Alexander's Ragtime Band" has always been a personal favorite of mine and an excellent example of the kind of lively and jubilant musicals Fox specialized during the golden age. It was a huge hit in its day and remains a huge improvement over the monotonous "In Old Chicago"(1937). I saw "Alexander's Ragtime Band" again last night and it may well be my favorite Fox musical, though I have dozens of other favorites. Directed by the underrated Henry King with a rich and endlessly tuneful score, the film is a fictionalized account on the early days of jazz, and contains close to 30 Irving Berlin songs. Alice Faye never looked so ineffably beautiful, Tyrone Power never more charismatic, Don Ameche never more genial. It's all about the music and the stars. A great timeless classic that becomes more entrancing and enriching with each viewing.


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