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Release Date:
4 September 1942 (USA) See more »
It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!
Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Montgomery ... Bill Abbot

Ann Rutherford ... Connie Ward

Glenn Miller ... Gene Morrison

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra ... Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)

Lynn Bari ... Jaynie Stevens

Carole Landis ... Natalie Mercer

Cesar Romero ... 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

Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Ward

Harry Morgan ... Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)

Jackie Gleason ... Ben Beck
Edith Evanson ... Hilda
Alec Craig ... Henry Fink
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Adrian ... Wisecracking Blonde in Bus Station (uncredited)

Tex Beneke ... Phil Mercer (uncredited)
Johnny Best ... Band Member (uncredited)
Ralph Brewster ... Band Member (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Recording Booth Assistant (uncredited)
Ernie Caceres ... Band Member (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Nick Cockrane ... Musician (uncredited)

Frank D'Annolfo ... Band Member (uncredited)
Harold Dickinson ... Modernaires Singer (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Bullets Durgom ... Bullets (uncredited)
Ray Eberle ... Band Member (uncredited)

Dale Evans ... Hazel - Band Member's Wife (uncredited)
Jane Goude ... Hostess (uncredited)
Bobby Hackett ... Band Member (uncredited)
Dick Hogan ... Teen Ager in Soda Shop (uncredited)

Kenneth Howell ... Teen Ager (uncredited)

Olin Howland ... Dance Ticket-Taker (uncredited)
Marion Hutton ... Band Singer (uncredited)

Robert Emmett Keane ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Al Klink ... Band Member (uncredited)

Kay Linaker ... Margie (uncredited)

Arthur Loft ... Recording Session Director (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Dancer (uncredited)

Trudy Marshall ... Irene (uncredited)
Skippy Martín ... Band Member (uncredited)
Billy May ... Band Member (uncredited)
Dale McMickle ... Band Member (uncredited)
The Modernaires ... Singers (uncredited)
Roseanne Murray ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Newell ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Dancer (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Etienne - Waiter (uncredited)
Lillian Porter ... Mousie (uncredited)
Jimmy Priddy ... Band Member (uncredited)
Moe Purtill ... Buddy Steele (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Conductor (uncredited)
Willie Schwartz ... Band Member (uncredited)
Paul Tanner ... Band Member (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Musician (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
Karl Tunberg (screenplay) and
Darrell Ware (screenplay)

James Prindle (original story)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
William Goetz .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Carr .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Fred Lau .... sound
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bill Finegan .... arrangements (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances stager: Nicholas Brothers
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (theatrical rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved

Did You Know?

"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 »
Cully Anderson:I'll bust ya right where ya sit!
Bill Abbott:Ah, that would be a foul.
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Edited from Sun Valley Serenade (1941)See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Bitches Brew, 22 June 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

Coming back to this after a long gap I was surprised how much I remembered of it and basically how good it was. The glue and the title refer to some of the band's spouses and their overall bitching and attempts to go better over the others. This film sums up womankind as seen by Golden Age Hollywood - after watching it I feel more in touch with my feminine side. Maybe not! But I wouldn't wanna play in the same band with Buddy either!

Ignoring the above, the key to enjoying this movie lies in the marvellous and plentiful music (although mimed to) by Glenn Miller & his Orch. Some glorious 40's standards are captured here, "At last" but especially the sublime "Kalamazoo" sung by Tex Beneke definitively, where the Nicholas Brothers wrap it up in their usual laid back and reflective style.

The atmosphere is great, not quite in the Andy Hardy vein for Ann Rutherford, but I take my impressions of what small town America might have been like in the 40's from this film (along with "Shadow of a doubt").

Glenn Miller certainly helped create a unique and unforgettable sound with his music and his band - but his acting left something to be desired!

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