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The Strip (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1951 (USA)
Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

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Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

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THE STORY OF THE DANCER AND THE DRUMMER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of Joe Pasternak's 57 MGM productions released between 1942 and 1966, this film was just one of two which failed to garner a contemporary New York Times review. The second movie was Looking for Love (1964). See more »

Goofs

After the dance number with Jane and the three guys with serving trays, they place the trays behind him and the sticks on the bottom they held while dancing were clearly visible, but cut to the next shot and the trays are flat on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Fluff: Kid, it looks like you're on a spot.
Stanley Maxton: You don't want somebody to throw a bomb in your place, do you?
Fluff: Well, if it isn't an atom bomb, I think I could take it.
Stanley Maxton: These guys don't play for laughs.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Tom Kenny (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bota
by Charles Wolcott, Haven Gillespie (as Haven Gillespie II)
Performed by Monica Lewis and unidentified latin jazz band
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Drummer Noir
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are things we can learn from the movies. Like in this movie we learn that if you have a girlfriend, it's probably not a good idea to introduce her to your mob buddy because he'll only steal her away from you. Besides the educational value of "The Strip", it is a true classic if only for all the drum solos it contains. I'm a big advocate of movies having lots of drum solos and Mickey Rooney's drumming is really showcased here. He's very good, and although the film suggests a downer noirish ending, ultimately Mickey's character "Stan" apparently gets to play in Louis Armstrong's band indefinitely, which strikes me as a great gig. It was fun to see William Demarest sit behind the drum kit too. Without the music interludes the story could have been told in about ten minutes, so the main reason to watch "The Strip" is for the music and dance numbers.


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