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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 »


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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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Release Date:

August 1951 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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'A Kiss To Build A Dream On'
30 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Strip marked Mickey Rooney's return to MGM after he had left in 1948 and the property was considerably down from what he was used to. Still The Strip is a nifty little noir film from MGM's B Picture unit that managed to earn itself one Academy Award nomination.

In The Strip Mickey finds himself a returning Korean War veteran who wants to get back into civilian life and he meets up with gangster James Craig, a rather smooth individual who 'sells insurance'. Mickey works for him in some non-violent occupations and Craig actually lets him leave to pursue his real dream of being a drummer. But Mickey finds himself falling big time for Craig's girlfriend Sally Forrest and that's where his problems begin.

The film is structured like Mildred Pierce with Mickey hauled into police headquarters because one of the cast has been found murdered and another hanging on for dear life. He relates his story to detective Tom Powers and we see the tale unfold.

The Strip is also a nice look at the jazz club life in Los Angeles of that period. Where Rooney winds up working is William Demarest's jazz club on Sunset Boulevard better known as The Strip. The film also gives us an exhibition of one of Mickey Rooney's many talents, that of a drummer. He shows that if he pursued and concentrated on that he could have been another Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa. And the chance to jam with such people as Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden must have been what sold the Mick on doing this film.

Guest starring in The Strip are singers Vic Damone and Monica Lewis, but the best thing about The Strip is the song A Kiss To Build A Dream On. That was the last song written by the celebrated Tin Pan Alley duo of Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar. It was an unfinished theme because Kalmar had died a few years earlier. To finish the lyric Ruby called on none other than Oscar Hammerstein, II and the combined talents of those three people earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for 1951. It lost however to In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman's hit from Here Comes The Groom. Louis Armstrong made a big hit record of it back in that day, you could hear it on jukeboxes for years.

I'm sure it was of some satisfaction to Rooney that he made a small B film so much better with his incredible talent for his former home studio. That and a wonderful song attached to The Strip make it fine entertainment still.

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