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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

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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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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THEIR SUNNIEST, FUNNIEST, DOWN-TO-MIRTHIEST HIT! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armonías de juventud  »

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$838,661 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Roger Edens
Sung by Judy Garland
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More Talent Than Results
15 August 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I'm not the best judge of musicals, but this one seems disappointing given the level of talent involved. Visually, Garland and Rooney make a cute couple-- a match clearly made in malt shop heaven. And, even though I was disappointed, I can understand Garland's enduring appeal. She's definitely an incandescent presence, and one that doesn't come from just acting the part. On the other hand, Rooney is energetic and I can see him organizing a high school band. However, that energy too often becomes manic—for example, check out his conducting the orchestra at movie's end for sheer pointless delirium. Too often, his in- your-face high spirits comes across as more obnoxious than entertaining.

I guess my biggest disappointment is with the musical numbers. Berkeley's dancing phalanxes are eye-catching as usual, but there's not a single catchy tune to hang your hat on. The numbers are simply not up to Garland's level of show-stopping talent, whatever the reason. Then there's the overlong melodrama skit that unfortunately saps momentum by coming in the middle. On the other hand, the musical fruit sketch sounds silly but is really charming and well done. Also, professional musician Paul Whiteman turns out to be a pretty darn good actor. And for those interested in what those times were like, it's a chance to see what teens circa-1940 thought was "cool". Having your own dance band was clearly near the top. At the same time, the message seems to be that dance bands deserve respect, while playing in one is indeed a legitimate goal in life. Looks like controversies over music didn't start with rock-and-roll.


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