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Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)

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A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.

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Lily Becker
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Willie Little
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Jennie Sousa
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Col. Randolph
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Maj. George Porter Houston
Thomas Browne Henry ...
David Blakely (as Tom Browne Henry)
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Frank Ferguson ...
Mr. Wells (scenes deleted)
Jack Rice ...
Mr. Jones (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In the 1890s, Sgt. Major John Philip Sousa, leader of the Marine Corps Band, meets Private Willie Little, inventor of an instrument he calls the Sousaphone...and Little's girlfriend, shapely showgirl Lily. To support his growing family, Sousa leaves the Marines and forms his own band; Willie and Lily go along. Though he'd rather write ballads, Sousa's marches bring him increasing fame; from their debut in 1892 the band is a great success. But Sousa's 'no wives' rule threatens the romance of Willie and Lily...as does the Spanish-American War. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Marcha Triunfal  »

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Trivia

In supplemental material on the DVD they reveal that, while the story for the most part follows Sousa's autobiography, Willy Little and Lilly Becker never existed. They were added by the screen writers to add a little love interest. See more »

Goofs

In the film the famous Sousaphone was invented by Willy Little. In actuality the first sousaphone was developed by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening display of 20th Century Fox's logo, Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" was played instead of the usual 20th Century fanfare See more »

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Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas (1888)
Played as carnival music at the beginning of the Cotton States Exposition scene
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A musical biopic that doesn't falsify the man.
22 February 1999 | by (San José, Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

I've seen Stars and Stripes Forever after more than forty years. It stands as an agreeable, happy musical, and the only musical biopic that I know, that doesn't falsify the man. The John Philip Sousa of the movie is the real John Philip Sousa. And Clifton Webb gave here his more mature and less hackneyed performance.


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