Alexander's Ragtime Band

Alexander's Ragtime Band

Director: Henry King

Cast: Henry King, Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche

     
 

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His Aunt Sophie (Helen Westley) and his teacher Professor Heinrich (Jean Hersholt) are sure that Roger Grant (Tyrone Power) will be a famous classical violinist, but Roger's more interested in popular music. He and his friend, pianist Charlie (Don Ameche), audition at a saloon in San Francisco's Barbary Coast, using sheet music left by singer Stella Kirby (Alice Faye)… See more details below

Overview

His Aunt Sophie (Helen Westley) and his teacher Professor Heinrich (Jean Hersholt) are sure that Roger Grant (Tyrone Power) will be a famous classical violinist, but Roger's more interested in popular music. He and his friend, pianist Charlie (Don Ameche), audition at a saloon in San Francisco's Barbary Coast, using sheet music left by singer Stella Kirby (Alice Faye), which had been sent to her by a friend in New York, Irving Berlin. The number, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," proves to be a sensation, and Stella goes along with Charlie's plea to sing with the band, which soon becomes famous for its ragtime numbers. Charlie has fallen in love with Stella by the time they open at the Cliff House, but he soon realizes that she and Roger are in love. Stella is invited to New York by a famous producer, but Roger's against this, and angrily fires her, so Charlie quits, too. When Roger returns from World War I, he meets Stella, only to learn she and Charlie have been married for a year. Another year passes, and Charlie and Davey have formed a new band with Jerry Allen (Ethel Merman) as their lead singer. Charlie knows Stella still loves Roger, so he divorces her, but Roger sails for Europe with the new band. Back in New York, Roger is set for a major concert in swing at Carnegie Hall. Charlie tells Roger about the divorce, and that Stella still loves him. Unable to get a ticket, Stella listens to the concert in a cab. Explaining that he is playing it for one particular person, Roger and his band perform "Alexander's Ragtime Band" as their encore, bringing Stella into the theater, where she's reconciled with Roger. He brings her onstage to perform the number with his band.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Alexander's Ragtime Band was the subject of some mild ridicule in its day from critics who commented that, despite the fact that the time frame of the film covers a couple of decades, the stars never aged. But Alexander doesn't pretend to be realistic; it's a delightful little morsel of a film that's the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. And aside from the slightness of the script -- its roundabout love triangle is perfunctory, if effective -- there's little to complain about. There's a bountiful two dozen Irving Berlin songs to ease viewers over the bumpy patches, and not a clunker in the bunch. How can there be when they include the likes of such classics as the sorrowful "Remember," the joyous "Blue Skies," the infectious "Easter Parade," and the rousing "Heat Wave?" This is a score that can stand on its own; that it has two such powerful performers as Alice Faye and Ethel Merman to interpret many of them is a bonus. This is not to overlook Jack Haley and Don Ameche, who do more than respectable jobs, but their numbers simply pale in comparison with Merman's jivey "Pack Up Your Sins" or Faye's sinuous "Now It Can Be Told." The cast is also up to par in the dialogue scenes, even if Tyrone Power is a slightly behind the rest of the leads. Alexander doesn't aim high enough to be one of the screen's great musicals, but it's bright, lively fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0024543120346
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film score restorationist Ray Fiola; 3 deleted scenes; "Alice Faye: The Star Next Door" as seen on Biography on the A&E network; Movietone news footage; Theatrical trailer; Full frame format (1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Roger Grant
Alice Faye Stella Kirby
Don Ameche Charlie Dwyer
Ethel Merman Jerry Allen
Jack Haley Davey Lane
Jean Hersholt Prof. Heinrich
Helen Westley Aunt Sophie
John Carradine Cabdriver
Paul Hurst Bill
Wally Vernon Himself
Ruth Terry Ruby
Douglas Fowley Snapper
Chick Chandler Louie
Eddie Collins Corporal Collins
Joseph Crehan Stage Manager
Robert Gleckler Dirty Eddie
Dixie Dunbar Dancer
Joe King Charles Dillingman
Charles Coleman Head Waiter
Stanley Andrews Colonel
Charles Williams Agent
Jane Jones Singin trio
Otto H. Fries Singing trio
Grady Sutton Babe
Selmar Jackson Radio Station Manager
Tyler Brooke Assistant Stage Manager
Donald Douglas Singer
A.S. Byron Actor
Harold Goodwin M.P.
Kingsmen Quartet
Paul McVey Stage Manager
Robert Lowery Reporter
James Flavin Captain
Edward Keane Major
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Martha
Ralph Dunn Captain
Cecil Weston Woman
Kay Griffith Autograph Seeker
Sam Ash Critic
Edwin Stanley Critic
Lon Chaney Photographer
Jack Pennick Sergeant
Cully Richards Musician
Charles Tannen Secretary
Arthur Rankin Stage Manager

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Irving Berlin Score Composer,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Harry Joe Brown Associate Producer
Seymour Felix Choreography
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Boris Leven Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Kathryn Scola Screenwriter
Richard Sherman Screenwriter
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
Arthur VonKirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/ The Fairmont [2:55]
2. Dirty Eddie's [3:29]
3. Alexander's Ragtime Band [4:22]
4. Disappointed [2:26]
5. Opening Night Jitters [2:21]
6. Everybody's Doin' It Now [3:29]
7. A Lady [1:54]
8. Now It Can Be Told [1:40]
9. Big Boy [8:13]
10. This Is The Life [3:51]
11. When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves For Alabam' [2:19]
12. Good News, Bad News [1:19]
13. They're In The Army Now [3:47]
14. Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning [4:41]
15. Orders [2:39]
16. A Nasty Surprise [4:25]
17. A Selfless Act [:22]
18. Going Away Party [7:08]
19. Blue Skies [6:34]
20. Pack Up Your Sins And Go To The Devil [4:09]
21. Bowing Out [3:01]
22. My Walking Stick [1:28]
23. Remember [1:13]
24. Everybody Step [1:12]
25. All Alone [:55]
26. Proposal [1:10]
27. Still In Love [1:05]
28. Killing Time [:44]
29. Easter Parade [1:32]
30. Sold Out [4:10]
31. Heat Wave [4:47]
32. Reunion/ End Titles [1:22]

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