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Orchestra Wives (1942)

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Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Abbot
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Connie Ward
Glenn Miller ...
Gene Morrison
The Glenn Miller Orchestra ...
Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)
Lynn Bari ...
Jaynie Stevens
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Natalie Mercer
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St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
Virginia Gilmore ...
Elsie
Mary Beth Hughes ...
Caroline Steele
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Nicholas Brothers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Tamara Geva ...
Mrs. Beck
Frank Orth ...
Rex Willet
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Dr. Ward
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Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
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Ben Beck
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Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!

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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Kalamazou  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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George Montgomery's trumpet playing was performed by The Glenn Miller Orchestra band member Johnny Best. See more »

Quotes

Ben Beck: [as Bill Abbott approaches yet another pretty girl] There he goes. Out of the frying pan, into the frying pan!
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Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday)
Copyright 1942
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On the road and behind the scenes with Glenn Miller.
5 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

On Australian television, this movie has always been shown as the second half of a double bill, following 'Sun Valley Serenade'. It's a neat balancing act, the upbeat nature of 'Sun Valley Serenade' being brought back to earth by the semi-documentary flavour of 'Orchestra Wives'. The latter is a compelling movie and as another reviewer pointed out, it didn't do well in the USA. At a guess I'd put this down to the non-melodramatic but seemingly realistic performances - unusual at the time. Having been a fan of Ann Rutherford since enjoying her in the 'Andy Hardy' movies, I was struck by her excellent but out of character performance. Once again the Nicholas Brothers provide the most memorable scene but all in all, it's a fine screenplay with great production values.


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