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Beat the Band (1947)

Approved  |   |  Musical  |  19 February 1947 (USA)
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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
Harry Harvey ...
Mr. Rogers
Grady Sutton ...
Gene Krupa ...
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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Beat The Band opened at the 46th Street Theater on October 14, 1942 and ran for 67 performances. See more »


[Everyone's downstairs listening to Gene Krupa.]
Harold: [to himself] And I still say this music will NEVER be popular.
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Shadow Rhapsody
Music by Gene Krupa
Performed by Gene Krupa, with final chords by his band
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The Wonderful Francis Langford!
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a treat for Francis Langford fans. Looking spectacular, sounding divine, this is a charmingly beautiful little movie. It is fast paced and right to the point. Thats what I love about the movies from the 30's and the 40's. Excellent pacing, whether due to the expertise of the film makers or budget constraints, the films move right along. Philip Terry is a perfect choice for the love interest. Handsome, debonair, and Ralph Edwards is superb as the scheming lawyer. Grady Sutton in a cameo role is his usual bumbling self. Throw in Gene Krupa and his band and you've got an hour of happiness! But its Frances Langford that is the STAR here. Charming, vulnerable, and so gorgeous. No wonder she stole the hearts of GI's and civilians during and after WWII. Highest recommendation!

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