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Orchestra Wives (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 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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Connie Ward
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Gene Morrison
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Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)
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Jaynie Stevens
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Natalie Mercer
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St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
Virginia Gilmore ...
Elsie
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Caroline Steele
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Nicholas Brothers (as Nicholas Brothers)
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Mrs. Beck
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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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Getrouwd met de band  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"At Last" (by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon) was originally written and recorded for Glenn Miller's previous movie, Sun Valley Serenade (1941). However, there was no on-screen performance and it was only heard instrumentally in the background of two scenes. Because he felt that film already had an abundance of great songs, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck decided to save it for this follow up. See more »

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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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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Played by Glenn Miller and His Band as the warm-up number in the recording studio
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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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