Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ...
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Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are able to convince him, that their band is good enought, so he lents sem the money. But then one of their friends becomes seriously ill and had to be carried in a hospital per plane, they had to use Whiteman's money for this.Written by
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The 1930 Broadway production of "Strike Up the Band", with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, had no relation to the story of this film. That was a political satire that had trouble getting to Broadway, and when it did, it had only a short run of 191 performances. However, the title song became very popular and is included in this film. See more »
Jimmy Conners claims to have gone to Chicago for the World Series three years before. The World Series is always played at the home stadiums of the competing teams and the 1937 series was between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. The 1938 World Series was indeed between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, but that would have been only two years before the film was released. See more »
Take that boy on the street. Teach him to blow a horn and he'll never blow a safe.
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THE LITTLE RASCALS DID IT BETTER IN A 1/2 HOUR...!
One of the many team-ups between Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland. The great Busby Berkeley directed this 1940 installment which finds Rooney out of sorts w/the direction the school band is trending to. He wants to engage the public w/what's new & happening but is constrained by the traditional so he decides to convince his fellow band mates to become a band for hire, playing gigs that will satisfy them artistically & maybe financially. After a few gigs, an opportunity comes up to compete in a radio contest but an injured friend who needs desperate medical care (is there any other kind?) needs airfare for the treatment. Are they going to help their friend or forego the contest's entry fee? Not to mention Rooney needing to figure out if Garland is girlfriend material or merely a friend makes this busy soup start to boil over. What is essentially an Our Gang serial expanded to feature length feels at odds w/itself by having fine musical & dance sequences crammed w/too much plot that could've easily been trimmed in the editing but darn it, those kids sure know how to put on a show so I'll forgive their excesses.
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