6.9/10
1,865
35 user 12 critic

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Musical | 16 August 1938 (USA)
Trailer
3:42 | Trailer
This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Kathryn Scola (screen play), Lamar Trotti (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Alexander (Roger Grant)
Alice Faye ... Stella Kirby
Don Ameche ... Charlie Dwyer
Ethel Merman ... Jerry Allen
Jack Haley ... Davey Lane
Jean Hersholt ... Professor Heinrich
Helen Westley ... Aunt Sophie
John Carradine ... Taxi Driver
Paul Hurst ... Bill Mulligan
Wally Vernon ... Wally Vernon
Ruth Terry ... Ruby
Douglas Fowley ... Snapper
Chick Chandler ... Louie
Eddie Collins ... Corporal Collins
Joseph Crehan ... Stage Manager
Edit

Storyline

Roger Grant, a classical violinist, disappoints his family and teacher when he organizes a jazz band, but he and the band become successful. Roger falls in love with his singer Stella, but his reluctance to lose her leads him to thwart her efforts to become a solo star. When the World War separates them in 1917, Stella marries Roger's best friend Charlie. Roger comes home after the war and an important concert at Carnegie Hall brings the corners of the romantic triangle together. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An American Cavalcade! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

20th Century Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck had this as one of his prestige productions of the year. The directing gig naturally went to his personal favorite choice, Henry King, who was always first choice for the studio's leading productions. See more »

Goofs

An on-location establishing shot shows the Cliff House, a famous San Francisco restaurant, sitting on a cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. A 1930's model car drives by in the foreground. However, this scene takes place before World War I in the movie, so the car is about 25 years too early. See more »

Quotes

Stella's Sailor freind: So, did you ever learn long division?
Stella Kirby: I never even learned short division!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The music that Tyrone Power "conducts" during the film's opening credits is the song "Marching Along With Time", which was ultimately cut from the film. The song, however, as sung by Ethel Merman, has survived as an outtake and can be seen as an extra feature on the DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Blue Skies
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Ethel Merman and Alice Faye with the speakeasy patrons joining in
See more »

User Reviews

 
Great music, perfunctory story
30 March 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

The main reason to watch this movie is to enjoy the great music of Irving Berlin (né Israel Baline). Anyone who is responsive to good music will enjoy his compositions. The dance numbers are not spectacular but they do add to the music. As for the story, well it's nothing more than to tide the viewer over from song to song. Tyrone Power, Alice Haye and Don Ameche are all more than competent in their roles though they really aren't asked to do too much given the triteness of the plot. They are all very photogenic. A great film for any fan of swing music, 7/10.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed