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Strike Up the Band (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  27 September 1940 (USA)
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Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary Holden
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra ...
Performers
June Preisser ...
Barbara Frances Morgan
William Tracy ...
Phillip Turner
Larry Nunn ...
Willie Brewster
Paul Whiteman ...
Margaret Early ...
Annie
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Connors
Francis Pierlot ...
Mr. Judd
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. May Holden
George Lessey ...
Mr. Morgan
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Mrs. Morgan
Howard C. Hickman ...
Doctor (as Howard Hickman)
Sarah Edwards ...
Miss Hodges
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Storyline

Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are able to convince him, that their band is good enought, so he lents sem the money. But then one of their friends becomes seriously ill and had to be carried in a hospital per plane, they had to use Whiteman's money for this. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The merriest pair on the screen in a great new musical show! See more »


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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The 1930 Broadway production of "Strike Up the Band", with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, had no relation to the story of this film. That was a political satire that had trouble getting to Broadway, and when it did, it had only a short run of 191 performances. However, the title song became very popular and is included in this film. See more »

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Jimmy Conners claims to have gone to Chicago for the World Series three years before. The World Series is always played at the home stadiums of the competing teams and the 1937 series was between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. The 1938 World Series was indeed between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, but that would have been only two years before the film was released. See more »

Quotes

Paul Whiteman: Take that boy on the street. Teach him to blow a horn and he'll never blow a safe.
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After the Ball
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Music by Charles Harris
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Despite the excellence--cannot transcend its severe limitations
27 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the excellence of dance, music, singing, acting--though one always suspects the combination of Rooney / Garland was more being themselves than acting--the movie cannot transcend its severe limitations. The movies sound exactly what they were--high school kids putting on a performance and such acting is exactly that-high school kids putting on a performance. Despite Freed, Busby Berkeley, Paul Whitman, and the singing and dancing of Rooney & Garland-- the movie fails. I can watch "The Music Man', "My Fair Lady', "Gigi", Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers--and never get tired; while these four movies wear thin after first viewing.


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