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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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Paul Whiteman and Orchestra ...
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Barbara Frances Morgan
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Mrs. Connors
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Mr. Judd
Virginia Brissac ...
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Mrs. Morgan
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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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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

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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Connections

Featured in We Must Have Music (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Nell of New Rochelle
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Roger Edens
Performed by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and chorus in the Elks club show
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worst of the three.
29 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I love the Mickey/Judy movies and this is a wonderful example of a superb one, but of the three "lets put on a show" type movies this is the worst. It's still fantastic don't get me wrong, but Babes in Arms and Babes on Broadway are much better! The songs are fantastic but not as catchy as the songs from the other movies. Judy is fantastic! It just tears your heart when she sings Nobody. It's a perfect blend of humor and music in this movie. Fantastic. If you like this one, I absolutely recommend Babes in Arms and Babes on Broadway. (Babes on Broadway is my favorite movie ever) It's great! you really should watch this movie!


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