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Strike Up the Band (1940)

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

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Paul Whiteman and Orchestra ...
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Barbara Frances Morgan
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Phillip Turner
Larry Nunn ...
Willie Brewster
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Margaret Early ...
Annie
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Mrs. Connors
Francis Pierlot ...
Mr. Judd
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. May Holden
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Mr. Morgan
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Mrs. Morgan
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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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IT BEATS THE BAND! (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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The puppet orchestra made of fruit that comes to life playing instruments for Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland on a kitchen table, was the work of animator George Pal. He had just arrived in Hollywood from Europe via New York and this was among his first projects. Pal's work was relatively unknown by American audiences, thus he was uncredited. The idea for the sequence was that of another New York-to-Hollywood transfer: Vincente Minnelli. See more »

Goofs

As Jimmy sets up his fruit orchestra, the third pineapple (string bass) he places falls over. As he finishes conducting and the camera pulls back, we see the fallen pineapple standing up perfectly. 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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Connections

Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful One
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé Sr.
Played as dance music by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra at Barbara's party
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American dreaming
6 April 1999 | by (Verdun, Quebec) – See all my reviews

I can't help it, I love Mickey and Judy, and this is their best film together. It has fun songs ("Our Love Affair" and "Do the La Conga" especially), good Busby Berkeley productions (both the aforementioned, especially the fruit-as-orchestra dream sequence!), but more importantly, it perfectly evokes the ideal small middle-American town, complete with understanding mothers and principals, swell fellas and gals, and a comforting everything's going to be just fine feeling. I can't help yearning for this never-never land of rebellious but polite youths and understanding old-timers!


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