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Orchestra Wives (1942)

Approved  |   |  Music  |  4 September 1942 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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Getrouwd met de band  »

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Maureen O'Hara and Linda Darnell both declined the female lead. See more »

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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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(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Sung by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires
Then sung and danced by Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas
Copyright 1942
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definitive band musical
24 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film, the second to feature the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and probably best of the many films to include bandleaders in the cast, does exactly what it says on the tin – present a film about orchestra wives, those long-suffering mates of band musicians. What plot there is can be summed up in a couple of lines, concerning romances, new marriages, old flames, and rivalries.

The production works better than ‘Sun Valley Serenade', as that film largely had to support a plot for Sonja Henje. This time, there's more scope for other characters to make their impact, however brief. And yes, that is Cesar Romero playing piano for Miller. I'm not sure why, but there you go.

Miller himself was no actor, but it is of great interest to see him lead his band on screen (and also to put faces to singers Tex Beneke and Ray Eberle). The unique arrangements were perfect for screen soundtracks and there are several hit numbers featured throughout ‘Orchestra Wives'.


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