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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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Jimmy Connors
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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 ...
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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The set dressing for the principal's home prominently features a leaded-glass lamp shade. This is a Periwinkle design, almost certainly made by the Handel company in the opening years of the twentieth century. By the time this film was made in 1940, these shades had fallen out of fashion and weren't at all popular. Now, however, this lamp shade (and the base it is on) would be considered quite desirable and collectible, worth several thousand dollars. 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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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.24 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played as background music in the 'Nell of New Rochelle' sequence
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"Mary, we could put Riverwood High School on the map."
5 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Overlong but fun Mickey & Judy "let's put on a show" musical, directed by the great Busby Berkeley. Drummer Jimmy (Mickey Rooney) and would-be girlfriend Mary (Judy Garland) try to make their high school band a success. Along the way they deal with little personal dramas like Jimmy's mother wanting him to be a doctor, a new girl in town who captures Jimmy's eye, and one of the band members needing an emergency operation. The musical numbers are good, if not particularly memorable. Mickey & Judy are terrific, as always. It's probably pretty corny stuff for those who aren't fans but, if you enjoy these types of movies, I'm sure you'll have a good time with this one.


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