Big-band singer Ann wants back her money, that the manager of a big-band has embezzled.



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Complete credited cast:
Phillip Terry ...
June Clayworth ...
Mabel Paige ...
Mrs. Peters
Andrew Tombes ...
'Professor' Enrico Blanchetti / Mr. Dillingham
Donald MacBride ...
P. Aloysius Duff
Mira McKinney ...
Mrs. Elvira Rogers
Mr. Rogers
Gene Krupa


Based on a Broadway musical, the story has Damon Dillingham, newly-discharged from the Army following WW II, returning home and learning that his partner, Eddie Martin, has invested the savings (from $21 a month?) Damon sent home in a racehorse, rather than using the money to keep their pre-war band together. So, he starts over. A good start is made when Ann Rogers comes on board as the singer, and Gene Krupa also lends a hand. Written by Les Adams <>

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19 February 1947 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Strike up the band!
24 June 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Eddie Martin has a problem. He is a man of ambition, but being broke doesn't help him bring back the band he, and Damon Dillingham, put together to play at one of the best rooms in Manhattan. What to do? Eddie is responsible for getting to the Rogers, a well to do family from another state to advance him money for the musical education of their talented, and beautiful, daughter, Ann.

Things get complicated when Ann, who boards a train for New York, meets the handsome and debonair Damon Dillingham, who falls for the beautiful young woman the moment he sees her. Once Ann is New York, Eddie has Damon impersonate the great classical professor Blanchetti to dupe Ann. The talented Ann, wants to sing popular music and she gets her wish when she auditions for the Damon's band engagement in an exclusive club. It's at this point where all things are solved.

John Auer directed this RKO comedy with music showing he knew what he was doing. The best thing in the film is Frances Langford, whose beautiful voice and charming screen presence assured a good time for all her fans. Ralph Edwards, as the scheming Eddie is also fine in a delightful comic turn. Phillip Terry's good looks plays well opposite Ms. Langford. June Clayworth, Mabel Paige, Grady Sutton are seen in supporting roles. Gene Krupa and his wonderful orchestra are also seen in the picture in a couple of musical numbers.

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