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Karl Tunberg (screenplay) and
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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Dazzling Musical! See more (34 total) »


  (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)
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)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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?

George Montgomery's trumpet playing was performed by The Glenn Miller Orchestra band member Johnny Best.See more »
Cully Anderson:I'll bust ya right where ya sit!
Bill Abbott:Ah, that would be a foul.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Glenn Miller Story (1954)See more »
People Like You and MeSee more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Dazzling Musical!, 3 March 2005
Author: jeryson-1 from United States

There are no MGM styled production numbers in this 20th Century musical. But much better than that, you can see the legendary Glen Miller and his equally legendary orchestra and the Modernaires enchanting us in this l940 treat. the story is forgettable: the trials and tribulations of a bunch of wives whose husbands are all Big Band musicians. Lynn Bari plays the bitchy star singer who has the hots for Robert Montgomery and is determined to mess things up for his naive, dewy-eyed little wife, played in sad-eyed and weepy fashion by Ann Rutherford (Careen in "Gone With the Wind"). But just wait until the music starts and you'll be swinging your foot in rhythm or maybe even jumping to your feet and dancing along to "Kalamazoo", "At Last", "Serenade in Blue" and "People like You and Me." The personality who really jumps out is the blonde-haired, electrifying Marion Hutton who sings with the Modernaires. She looks very much like her more famous sister, Betty Hutton, but Marion steals all of her scenes. Just watch her belt out "People Like You and Me" and even better, "Kalamazoo." Yet, she and her handsome co-singer, Ray Eberle, are not even listed in the credits! Tex Benedet plays that sexy sax and harmonizes with the Modernaires. Bari performs a sultry "Serenade in Blue" and like her performance in "Sun Valley Serenade" lip syncs to another singer. Never mind. This is a fun, unforgettable experience to see why Glenn Miller and his Orchestra and singers were the hottest things in music during the late 30s and early 40s. He and his musicians vanished when their plane crossed the Atlantic during World War II.

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