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Release Date:
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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Stars &Stripes Forever-Sempar Fidelis ***1/2 See more (20 total) »


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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

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

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Worth Winning (1989)See more »
When It's Springtime in New YorkSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Stars &Stripes Forever-Sempar Fidelis ***1/2, 4 July 2009
Author: edwagreen from United States

This picture is always a sempar fidelis-It's always faithful when viewing. It is certainly a rousing tribute to the march king-John Philip Sousa.

The film takes us from the career of Sousa is the Marine Marching band to life afterward. Interesting that he served 5 presidents during his tenure with the marines.

Robert Wagner and Debra Paget play the couple who worked with Sousa in his band and married. The film briefly relates how they thought they'd keep their marriage a secret from Sousa. Wagner made his film debut the same year as this film in the other rousing "With A Song in My Heart." He certainly got experience with crutches in both films. Paget, will forever be remembered as Lilia, the water-girl in the epic "The 10 Commandments." Ironically, her name in this film was Lily as well.

The music was excellently staged and Clifton Webb was in fine form as Sousa. Why? It always seemed that Webb, a fine actor, was always a perfectionist in his films. This film was certainly no exception.

Again, a definitely rousing tribute to a great American. Ruth Hussey, who played Webb's wife in the film, was totally subordinate here. That's how the lifestyle was in the 1890s.

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