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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

33 Irving Berlin compositions were used in the filming, although 3 didn't survive through to the final cut. 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 »

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Referenced in All Creatures Great and Small: Puppy Love (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy in Me
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Fred Santley with Ron Wilson at piano
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Great music, perfunctory story
30 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

The main reason to watch this movie is to enjoy the great music of Irving Berlin (né Israel Baline). Anyone who is responsive to good music will enjoy his compositions. The dance numbers are not spectacular but they do add to the music. As for the story, well it's nothing more than to tide the viewer over from song to song. Tyrone Power, Alice Haye and Don Ameche are all more than competent in their roles though they really aren't asked to do too much given the triteness of the plot. They are all very photogenic. A great film for any fan of swing music, 7/10.


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