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22 December 1952 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. See more »
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Clifton Webb ... John Philip Sousa

Debra Paget ... Lily Becker

Robert Wagner ... Willie Little

Ruth Hussey ... Jennie Sousa

Finlay Currie ... Col. Randolph

Roy Roberts ... Maj. George Porter Houston
Thomas Browne Henry ... David Blakely (as Tom Browne Henry)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Wells (scenes deleted)
Jack Rice ... Mr. Jones (scenes deleted)
Aladdin ... Orchestra Conductor / Violinist at Burlesk House (uncredited)
William Alcorn ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Sharon Jan Altman ... Helen Sousa (uncredited)
Jon Andrews ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Baer ... Chorus Boy at 'El Capitan' Rehearsal (uncredited)
Barbara Bailey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patricia Barker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alvin Beam ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobker Ben Ali ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Stage Manager at 'El Capitan' Rehearsal (uncredited)
Arthur Brunner ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Ernest Brunner ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Buddy Bryant ... Dancer (uncredited)
Libby Burke ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Mme. Estelle Liebling (uncredited)
Alice Cavers ... Dancer (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Brooklyn Navy Yard Nurse (uncredited)
Dorinda Clifton ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Close ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Colella ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Colton ... Dancer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man at Dancing Masters Convention Concert (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Crowd Spectator in Atlanta (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Drusilla Davis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rene De Haven ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Pepe J. DeChiazza ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rudy Del Campo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Dernhammer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ward Ellis ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Arun Evans ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Fisher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Foster ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Joe - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Doris Fulton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Secretary of the Navy (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... President Benjamin Harrison (uncredited)
Fred Hansen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Harrison ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Jane Hill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marguerite E. Hogan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gretchen Houser ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sen. Kipling (uncredited)
Casse Jaeger ... Dancer (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Boat Rental Proprietor (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Prof. Bianchi (uncredited)
Reynolds Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Man at Dancing Masters Convention Concert (uncredited)
Walter Woolf King ... President's Aide (uncredited)
Nicolas Koster ... John Philip Sousa Jr. (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Lucille La Marr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lisa Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... John Purvis (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Dancer (uncredited)
Edmond Lucitt ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Charles Lunard ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Maloney ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Marine Guard (uncredited)
Buddy Martin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lenee Martin ... Priscilla Jane Sousa (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Dancer / Politician (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Detective (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Pickering (uncredited)
Jack Mattis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Mr. McCaull (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joan McKellen ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Miller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wade Miller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Maine NCO - Major's Aide (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... President's Aide (uncredited)
Joan Morton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Grazia Narciso ... Mrs. Rector (uncredited)
Ted Otis ... Baton Twirler (uncredited)
Roy Palmer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Right Guard in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Howard Price ... Reporter (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Thelma - Sousa's Maid (uncredited)
George Reeder ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jack Regas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Rice ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Riley ... Barker (uncredited)
Buddy Robinson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Ross ... Marine Guard (uncredited)
Autumn Russell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Susan Scott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Florence Shirley ... Brooklyn Navy Yard Nurse (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Helen Silvers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vida Ann Solomon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Glove Salesman (uncredited)
Robert Street ... Dancer (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lusita Triana ... Spanish Dancer (uncredited)
Helen Van Tuyl ... Mrs. President Harrison (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Prof. Esteban (uncredited)
Benay Venuta ... Madame Bernsdorff-Mueller (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)
Romo Vincent ... Lily's Italian Music Tutor (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Tony Rector (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Irate Man in Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Maude Wallace ... Nora - Maid (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Ruth Ann Welsh ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Vaudevillian (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Koster 
Writing credits
John Philip Sousa (book "Marching Along")

Ernest Vajda (story)

Lamar Trotti 

Produced by
Lamar Trotti .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter 
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... unit production manager (uncredited)
R.L. Hough .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... vocal director
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Al Fisher .... music researcher (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dance stager for "springtime in new york"
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Al White Jr. .... choreographer
Leo Arnaud .... conducting instructor: Clifton Webb (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Margel Gluck .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Marjorie Moore .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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According to Paul Bierley's biography of John Philip Sousa, "John Philip Sousa, American Phenomenon", several musicians who had played under Sousa attended the world premiere of the film but walked out in disgust.See more »
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A feast for the Sousa lover, 10 February 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Although it probably only has the most tenuous connection with the actual John Philip Sousa's home life this is a highly enjoyable even rousing biography of the famed musician and band leader.

Clifton Webb is such spot on casting as Sousa from his resemblance to the man through his clipped speak and regal bearing it almost seems as if Sousa was invented for him expressly. Ruth Hussey is terrific fun as Mrs. Sousa, sassy and tart but displaying infinite patience for her persnickety husband. The two of them make a great pair showing in subtle ways that even though they have small habits that drive each other crazy there was a deep love the couple shared over the years.

In a fabricated subplot Robert Wagner and Debra Paget, both almost supernaturally beautiful, as a young musician and the music hall entertainer that he loves are bursting with vitality and youthful exuberance.

All of them are highly engaging but it's really the music that the film is about and it's stuffed from one end to the other with classic Sousa marches and his other compositions. The film is bandbox pretty, every frame practically pulsates with ultra bright Technicolor. There is one somber passage where the war touches all the main characters lives but overall the movie is a cheery experience and leaves you in a toe tapping upbeat mood at its conclusion.

A most satisfying diversion especially for lovers of marching music.

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