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Orchestra Wives (1942)

 -  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

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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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Kalamazou  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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This is the film debut of the song "At Last", famously covered nearly 20 years later by Etta James. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Beck: How about you, Sinjin, when are you getting married?
Sinjin: What for? I got a lot of girls that are just pulling their hair waiting for me to call them.
Ben Beck: Why don't you call 'em?
Sinjin: Are you kidding? I'm sick of running around with bald dames.
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Music by Glenn Miller and Billy May
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Glenn Miller at his best
19 February 2003 | by (Gillett PA USA) – See all my reviews

It's Glenn Miller and his orchestra all right, even though the producers called him Gene Morris or something like that, and there is lots of music played by them. This movie seems to be almost unknown, yet it should by on the top of the list of every Glenn Miller fan. The sound is not bad for a 1942 recording.

The story line ... is not worse than those of hundred other movies, past and present, without redeeming musical numbers. It's about the few wives or girl friends traveling with the band, who do not necessarily make the musicians' hardships on the road any easier. In the style of these older movies, things are happening at a good clip and are never too melodramatic.

Glenn Miller plays "Glenn Miller" pretty well in a low-key manner and looks quite realistic. How could they make such great music with the smoking and the bad food at odd hours?


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