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Strike Up the Band (1940)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

John Monks Jr. (screen play), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) (as Fred Finklehoffe)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Jimmy Connors
Judy Garland ... Mary Holden
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra Paul Whiteman and Orchestra ... Performers
June Preisser ... Barbara Frances Morgan
William Tracy ... Phillip Turner
Larry Nunn ... Willie Brewster
Paul Whiteman ... Paul Whiteman
Margaret Early ... Annie
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Connors
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Mr. Judd
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. May Holden
George Lessey ... Mr. Morgan
Enid Bennett ... Mrs. Morgan
Howard C. Hickman ... Doctor (as Howard Hickman)
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Miss Hodges
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Storyline

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 Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Melodious with WHITEMAN'S BAND See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armonías de juventud See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$838,661 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Jimmy sets up his fruit orchestra, the third pineapple (string bass) he places falls over. As he finishes conducting and the camera pulls back, we see the fallen pineapple standing up perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Paul Whiteman: Take that boy on the street. Teach him to blow a horn and he'll never blow a safe.
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Connections

Featured in We Must Have Music (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-é
(1891) (uncredited)
Written by Henry J. Sayers
Danced to and sung by June Preisser and sung by the chorus in the 'Nell of New Rochelle' sequence
Reprised in the finale of the 'Nell of New Rochelle' sequence
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Mickey does it all
25 March 2003 | by jost-1See all my reviews

A delightful high-energy romp. I think Mickey Rooney outshines Judy Garland in this one (but that might be like comparing apples to oranges, which incidentally play a not incidental role in this movie). Mickey plays the piano, the drums, sings, dances, pitches baseballs and jumps over fences and hedgerows....plus he's good to his widowed mother and turns up the "life's a gas" charm at the drop of a hat. Judy is more serious, reflective, and tender, all of which works well in the songs she performs. I could have done without the extended "Snidely Whiplash" melodrama routine, but hey, what's perfect in this world. The teenagers in this movie, however, look like miniature adults, and moreover, some of Mickey's band members look a little long in the tooth. Was there really a time when jazz was the most shocking thing a kid could be interested in?


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