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The Strip (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1951 (USA)
Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.


László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)


Allen Rivkin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Stanley Maxton
Sally Forrest ... Jane Tafford
William Demarest ... Fluff
James Craig ... Delwyn 'Sonny' Johnson
Kay Brown Kay Brown ... Edna
Louis Armstrong ... Himself
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ... Themselves
Tommy Rettig ... Artie Ardrey
Tom Powers ... Detective Lt. Bonnabel
Jonathan Cott ... Behr
Tommy Farrell ... Boynton
Myrna Dell ... Paulette Ardrey
Jacqueline Fontaine ... Frieda
Vic Damone ... Himself
Monica Lewis ... Monica Lewis


Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

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The story of a lovely babe who knew what she wanted---and almost got it! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vetkőzés See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the song is rendered several times during the course of the picture, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" is never performed by the likeliest suspect in the cast, Vic Damone, whose voice was perfectly situated to the ballad's style and range. See more »


After the dance number with Jane and the three guys with serving trays, they place the trays behind him and the sticks on the bottom they held while dancing were clearly visible, but cut to the next shot and the trays are flat on the floor. See more »


Stanley Maxton: I work for an insurance company and I make triple what I could make in the band business.
Fluff: I'll give you 20% over scale and look at the company you'll be, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong.
Stanley Maxton: They're real wonderful. They're the greatest cats in the world, but, no thanks.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »


A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Mickey Rooney and William Demarest
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Saw this in Korea in the outdoors
26 January 2001 | by peachandrudySee all my reviews

I was stationed in Korea for a year during the spring offensive , heartbreak ridge, etc. and they showed this movie one night. We loved it. Satchmo singing a "kiss to build a dream on" was fantastic. And would you believe we had the projectionist replay the Sally Forrest dance scene a dozen times!I gave this movie a 7 because it brought back memories after 50 years, even though ,aside from the good jazz, and Sally Forrest, the acting and story was mediocre. I only regret that it isnt on VHS.

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