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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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Archie Mayo

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Darrell Ware (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Bill Abbot
Ann Rutherford ... Connie Ward
Glenn Miller ... Gene Morrison
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra ... Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)
Lynn Bari ... Jaynie Stevens
Carole Landis ... Natalie Mercer
Cesar Romero ... St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
Virginia Gilmore ... Elsie
Mary Beth Hughes ... Caroline Steele
The Nicholas Brothers ... Nicholas Brothers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Tamara Geva ... Mrs. Beck
Frank Orth ... Rex Willet
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Ward
Harry Morgan ... Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
Jackie Gleason ... Ben Beck
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Getrouwd met de band See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lynn Bari's singing was dubbed by Pat Friday. See more »

Quotes

Cully Anderson: I'll bust ya right where ya sit!
Bill Abbott: Ah, that would be a foul.
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Connections

Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by Glenn Miller and His Band as the warm-up number in the recording studio
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Vintage Glenn Miller and the Nicholas Bros. make this film worthwhile...
18 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

You gotta hand it to GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA. Their leader may lack acting charisma but he's got a band that plays great tunes with that unmistakable Miller sound and some good band singers to do the tunes justice. And the producers of this movie were wise to use The Nicholas Bros., an acrobatic dance trio that do outstanding routines to "I've Got A Gal in Kalamazoo".

But the plot, well that's another story. It's one of those catty backstage plots about a group of orchestra wives and the jealousy that erupts when an innocent young girl (ANN RUTHERFORD) joins the group only to discover that her husband's ex-flame is still carrying the torch for him, and will stop at nothing to win him back. What happens among the group is pretty hard to swallow, but it's just a device to make way for hearing Miller and his band in their glory days.

As in SUN VALLEY SERENADE, it's the musical numbers that knock the film out of pedestrian and into the winner's circle with numbers like "Serenade in Blue", "At Last", "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", and "People Like You and Me". It's also a pleasure to rediscover singers like Marion Hutton, Tex Benecke, Ray Eberle and The Modernaires.

Pretty ANN RUTHERFORD and handsome GEORGE MONTGOMERY do nicely in the romantic leads and it's s fun way to spend time listening to Miller and his boys. CAROLE LANDIS, MARY BETH HUGHES and LYNN BARI sharpen their claws on some sassy dialog. It's fun!


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