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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.

Director:

László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)

Writer:

Allen Rivkin
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vetkőzés 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Stanley Maxton: You play your cigarettes right and you'll find you got a steady customer. Here, honey, keep the change.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Tom Kenny (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

A Kiss to Build a Dream On
by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Louis Armstrong (uncredited)
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Drummer Noir
13 July 2005 | by cutterccbaxterSee all my reviews

There are things we can learn from the movies. Like in this movie we learn that if you have a girlfriend, it's probably not a good idea to introduce her to your mob buddy because he'll only steal her away from you. Besides the educational value of "The Strip", it is a true classic if only for all the drum solos it contains. I'm a big advocate of movies having lots of drum solos and Mickey Rooney's drumming is really showcased here. He's very good, and although the film suggests a downer noirish ending, ultimately Mickey's character "Stan" apparently gets to play in Louis Armstrong's band indefinitely, which strikes me as a great gig. It was fun to see William Demarest sit behind the drum kit too. Without the music interludes the story could have been told in about ten minutes, so the main reason to watch "The Strip" is for the music and dance numbers.


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