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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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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:

ArmonĂ­as de juventud  »

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$838,661 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.24 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

China Boy
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Dick Winfree and Phil Boutelje
Played as background music during the travel and contest montage
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Mickey & Judy once again put on a show in Strike Up the Band
2 October 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When I decided to get this movie from Netflix, I think this was the only one of the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland musicals I had yet to watch as I remember seeing the others of theirs years ago. Yes, he's a musician and she's a singer. Yes, she's not initially his girlfriend and he gets distracted by another girl beforehand. Yes, Busby Berkeley is the one in charge. And, yes, it's corny but still very entertaining all these years later. I loved that George Pal-Puppetoon sequence involving fruit playing instruments (you really have to see this one to believe it!). I loved the "Do the La Conga" number Mickey & Judy do. I loved seeing Rooney playing the drums. I loved Ms. Garland singing of longing for love. I loved seeing Paul Whiteman and his band performing. In fact, I loved nearly everything this movie had to offer even that melodramatic spoof that this movie really didn't need. So on that note, Strike Up the Band gets a high recommendation from me.


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