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Director:
Writers:
Karl Tunberg (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
4 September 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
User Reviews:
Glenn Miller at his best See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Montgomery ... Bill Abbot

Ann Rutherford ... Connie Ward
Glenn Miller ... Gene Morrison
The Glenn Miller 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)
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)
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)
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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)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances stager: Nicholas Brothers
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
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98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Maureen O'Hara and Linda Darnell both declined the female lead.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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Movie Connections:
Edited from Sun Valley Serenade (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
People Like You and MeSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Glenn Miller at his best, 19 February 2003
Author: Wolfi-10 from Gillett PA USA

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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