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The Band Wagon ()


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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Tony Hunter
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Gabrielle Gerard
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Lester Marton
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Lily Marton
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Jeffrey Cordova
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Paul Byrd
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Hal Benton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Gabrielle Gerard (uncredited) (singingVoice)
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Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
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Train Porter (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Patsy Bangs ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lysa Baugher ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Mary Bayless ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ...
Auction Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Beaumont ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Producer (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Herman Boden ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ...
Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ...
Hansom Driver (uncredited)
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Caterer (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Sue Casey ...
Tall Girl in Arcade (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ...
Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Dorinda Clifton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Joan Collenette ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Colton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
First Nighter (uncredited)
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Train Passenger (uncredited)
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Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Pinkie Corrigan ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Dick D'Arcy ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Leroy Daniels ...
Arcade Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ...
Usher (uncredited)
Dulce Day ...
Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
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Dowager First Nighter (uncredited)
Jack Dodds ...
Dancer (uncredited)
George Economides ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Michael Economides ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Harry Evans ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Luigi Faccuito ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Fitter (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Gwenn Fields ...
Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
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Lady on Train / Investor / Extra in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
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Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Bill Foster ...
Acrobatic Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Auctioneer (uncredited)
Wesley Gale ...
Baggage Clerk (uncredited)
Wymer Gard ...
Usher (uncredited)
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Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Train Passenger (uncredited)
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Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
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Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
Marion Gray ...
Investor (uncredited)
Shelah Hackett ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Colonel Tripp (uncredited)
Mary Hammond ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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2nd Model in 'Girl Hunt Ballet' (uncredited)
Eden Hartford ...
Girl in 'Girl Hunt Ballet' Sequence (uncredited)
Sam Hearn ...
Agent (uncredited)
Julie Hedin ...
Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
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Arcade Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
Harlan Hoagland ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
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Man at Arcade (uncredited)
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
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Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Drunk Outside Arcade (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Mario Lamm ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Judy Landon ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Shirley Lopez ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
William Lundy ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Jack - Prompter (uncredited)
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Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
John Marlin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Judy Matson ...
Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
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Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Ann McCrea ...
Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Prop Man (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Mary Menzies ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Bystander in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Moselle ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Peggy Murray ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Salon Model / Chorine in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ...
Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Man on Train (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Commuter (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Marilyn Radcliff ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Elynne Ray ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Charles Regan ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Jack Regas ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Phil Rhodes ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joette Robinson ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Man at Arcade (uncredited)
Cecile Rogers ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Passenger on Train (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Dick Sands ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
Investor (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ...
Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ...
Investor (uncredited)
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Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Cordova's German Chambermaid (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Train Station Passenger (uncredited)
Roberta Stevenson ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
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Special Effects Man (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Tesler ...
Ivan (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ...
Jimmy (uncredited)
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Barbara (uncredited)
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Auction Guest (uncredited)
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Man on Train (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Tall Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
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Bobby (uncredited)
Crystal White ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Kathryn Wilson ...
First Nighter (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Actress in Play (uncredited)
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Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Can-Toss Booth Operator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Vincente Minnelli

Written by

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Betty Comden ... (story by) and
Adolph Green ... (story by)
 
Norman Corwin ... () (uncredited)
 
Alan Jay Lerner ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Roger Edens ... associate producer
Arthur Freed ... producer
Bill Ryan ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alexander Courage ... (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch ... (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Harry Jackson ... director of photography
George J. Folsey ... director of photography (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Albert Akst ... film editor
George White ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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E. Preston Ames ... (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

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F. Keogh Gleason ... (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Mary Ann Nyberg ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
John Truwe ... makeup artist
William Tuttle ... makeup creator

Production Management

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Hugh Boswell ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jerry Thorpe ... assistant director
Al Alt ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Greenwood ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Oliver Smith ... designer: musical numbers
Robert Cormack ... continuity sketches (uncredited)
Tommy Crawford ... props (uncredited)
Tom Ordoqui ... property master (uncredited)
Harold Turberg ... property master: rehearsal unit (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording supervisor
James Brock ... sound (uncredited)
Ben Price ... recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert J. Bronner ... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Burrell ... best boy (uncredited)
Phil Philbrick ... gaffer (uncredited)
Mervin Price ... grip (uncredited)
Al Smith ... playback operator (uncredited)
Gene Stout ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Morris Brown ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Grace Kuhn ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alexander Courage ... orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch ... musical director
Howard Dietz ... songs by
Michael Kidd ... stager: dances and musical numbers
Skip Martin ... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator
Arthur Schwartz ... songs by
David Crocov ... violin (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry V. Lojewski ... pianist (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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William E. Orr ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Robert Brower ... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa ... technicolor color consultant
Louis Calhern ... dialogue coach: Jack Buchanan (uncredited)
Patricia Denise ... assistant dance director (uncredited) / dancing stand-in: Cyd Charisse (uncredited)
Janet Koye ... secretary (uncredited)
Carroll Pratt ... stage manager (uncredited)
Dwayne Ratliff ... dancing stand-in (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... assistant dance director (uncredited) / dancing stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Emily Torchia ... publicist (uncredited)
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Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Tony Hunter, a famous singer/dancer movie star, is feeling washed-up and old-hat (old top hat, tie, and tails to be exact). The reporters are out for Ava Gardner, not him. But his old friends Lily and Les Marton have an idea for a funny little Broadway show and he agrees to do it. But things begin to get out of hand, when bigshot "artistic" director/producer/star Jeffrey Cordova joins the production, proclaims it's a modernistic Faust and insists on hiring a prima ballerina, Gabrielle Gerard, to star opposite Tony, and it's hate at first sight. And her jealous choreographer isn't helping to ease the tension. The show is doomed by pretentiousness. But romance, a "let's put on a show" epiphany, and a triumphant opening are waiting in the wings. After all, this is a musical comedy. Written by Kathy Li

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Also Known As
  • I Love Louisa (United States)
  • Strategy of Love (United States)
  • Tous en scène ! (France)
  • Melodías de Broadway 1955 (Spain)
  • Allen op 't toneel (Belgium, Flemish title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $2,169,120 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the DVD bonus features, Nanette Fabray stated that Oscar Levant was difficult to work with. Whenever something would go wrong or he would make a mistake, he would blame whomever was around. This included stage hands, other actors, lighting technicians, or whoever was handy. She said that, since she was usually closest, she caught the brunt of it. Following a botched take, he again blamed her for something. She lost her temper and told him off using unladylike language. Everyone on the set applauded. After that, he was much easier to work with. See more »
Goofs At the New York opening night, the theater name on the marquee is Alcott Theatre, but the program cover has Stratton Theatre. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks By Myself See more »
Quotes Gabrielle Gerard: Oh, that's a very early Degas, isn't it?
[examines painting]
Gabrielle Gerard: 1877.
Tony Hunter: [playing up their age difference] Yeah, I swiped it from his desk in school. Was he sore.
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