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Orchestra Wives (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 4 September 1942 (USA)
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Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Abbot
... Connie Ward
... Gene Morrison
... Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)
... Jaynie Stevens
... Natalie Mercer
... St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
... Elsie
... Caroline Steele
... Nicholas Brothers (as Nicholas Brothers)
... Mrs. Beck
... Rex Willet
... Dr. Ward
... Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
... Ben Beck
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Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Getrouwd met de band  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"At Last" (by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon) was originally written and recorded for Glenn Miller's previous movie, Sun Valley Serenade (1941). However, there was no on-screen performance and it was only heard instrumentally in the background of two scenes. Because he felt that film already had an abundance of great songs, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck decided to save it for this follow up. See more »

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Bill Abbott: Now listen cutie-pie. I'm a big, bad trumpet player, and never in my life have I seen anything so gorgeous coming off a dance floor. I've seen thousands. I've kissed some of them, but not like I'm going to kiss you.
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Follows Sun Valley Serenade (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Copyright 1942
Sung by Ray Eberle and Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday)
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Glenn Miller at his best
19 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's Glenn Miller and his orchestra all right, even though the producers called him Gene Morris or something like that, and there is lots of music played by them. This movie seems to be almost unknown, yet it should by on the top of the list of every Glenn Miller fan. The sound is not bad for a 1942 recording.

The story line ... is not worse than those of hundred other movies, past and present, without redeeming musical numbers. It's about the few wives or girl friends traveling with the band, who do not necessarily make the musicians' hardships on the road any easier. In the style of these older movies, things are happening at a good clip and are never too melodramatic.

Glenn Miller plays "Glenn Miller" pretty well in a low-key manner and looks quite realistic. How could they make such great music with the smoking and the bad food at odd hours?


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