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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:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 28, 1940 with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Hands Across the Table
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Jean Delettre
Played as background music during the travel and contest montage
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American dreaming
6 April 1999 | by B&W-2See all my reviews

I can't help it, I love Mickey and Judy, and this is their best film together. It has fun songs ("Our Love Affair" and "Do the La Conga" especially), good Busby Berkeley productions (both the aforementioned, especially the fruit-as-orchestra dream sequence!), but more importantly, it perfectly evokes the ideal small middle-American town, complete with understanding mothers and principals, swell fellas and gals, and a comforting everything's going to be just fine feeling. I can't help yearning for this never-never land of rebellious but polite youths and understanding old-timers!


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