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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:
India Adams ...
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)
Barbara Bailey ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Patsy Bangs ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lysa Baugher ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Ralph Beaumont ...
Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Producer (uncredited)
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Investor (uncredited)
Herman Boden ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ...
Hansom Driver (uncredited)
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Caterer (uncredited)
Sue Casey ...
Tall Girl in Arcade (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ...
Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Dorinda Clifton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Collenette ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Colton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
First Nighter (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)
Dulcie Day ...
Woman in Lobby (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)
Luigi Faccuito ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Fitter (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Gwenn Fields ...
Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
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Lady on Train / Investor / Extra in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
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Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Bill Foster ...
Acrobatic Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
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Auctioneer (uncredited)
Wymer Gard ...
Usher (uncredited)
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Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
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)
Ted Jordan ...
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)
William Lundy ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Jack - Prompter (uncredited)
Alan Marston ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Judy Matson ...
Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ...
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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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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Man on Train (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Waiter (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)
Cecile Rogers ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Dick Sands ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ...
Reporter (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
Investor (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ...
Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ...
Investor (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ...
Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Lotte Stein ...
Cordova's German Chambermaid (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Train Station Passenger (uncredited)
Roberta Stevenson ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
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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Man on Train (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Tall Woman in Arcade (uncredited)
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Bobby (uncredited)
Crystal White ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Gloria Wood ...
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
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)
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)

Other 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)
William E. Orr ... script supervisor (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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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 Martin 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)
  • Tous en scène! (France)
  • Melodías de Broadway 1955 (Spain)
  • Allen op 't toneel (Belgium, Flemish title)
  • A zenevonat (Hungary)
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  • 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 very difficult to work with. Whenever something would go wrong or he would make a mistake, he would blame whoever 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 About halfway through "Louisiana Hayride", a crew member can be clearly seen for 2-3 seconds, creeping off to the left of screen See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks By Myself See more »
Quotes Lester Marton: Shhh! Someone's liable to think we are quarreling!
Lily Marton: We're not quarreling! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!
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