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Orchestra Wives
     

Orchestra Wives

Director: Archie Mayo, George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller

Cast: Archie Mayo, George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller

 

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In his last screen appearance, bandleader Glenn Miller plays--are you sitting down?--a bandleader. The film's main plot involves small-town girl Ann Rutherford, who impulsively marries George Montgomery, a trumpeter in the Miller band. Rutherford soon finds that she isn't particularly suited for life on the road, nor is she prepared for the petty jealousies and

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In his last screen appearance, bandleader Glenn Miller plays--are you sitting down?--a bandleader. The film's main plot involves small-town girl Ann Rutherford, who impulsively marries George Montgomery, a trumpeter in the Miller band. Rutherford soon finds that she isn't particularly suited for life on the road, nor is she prepared for the petty jealousies and backstabbings prevalent among the other orchestra wives (Lynn Bari, Carole Landis et. al.) She eventually leaves Montgomery, an event which coincides with the breakup of the band. But both the band and the marriage are salvaged through the benign conspiratorial schemes of Glenn Miller and a repentant Rutherford. Those who aren't interested in the various plots and subplots in Orchestra Wives will be captivated by the endless supply of blue-ribbon tunes, including "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "At Last," and "Serenade in Blue." Guest stars include Tex Beneke, The Modernaires and the Nicholas Brothers. Watch for an uncredited Jackie Gleason as a bass player and Dale Evans as Ann Rutherford's friend in the soda-fountain scene.

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The best reason to watch Orchestra Wives today -- in fact, the only reason to do so -- is the music, especially "I've Got a Girl in Kalamazoo," performed to the hilt here by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton (Betty's sister), and the Modernaires. 20th Century Fox, who had Glenn Miller and band under contract, knew what they were doing -- no reason to spend money on such niceties as script and good actors when the kids came only to listen to Miller and his crew. The bandleader had been supporting the likes of Sonja Henie and Tyrone Power in earlier songfests but Orchestra Wives was popular music stripped down to the essentials, and instead of wasting prestigious stars, featured the likes of Lynn Bari, George Montgomery, and Carole Landis, in other words, the Fox B-unit players. But the music -- which also includes "Moonlight Serenade," "People Like You and Me" and "At Last" -- remains the saving grace and what a saving grace it proves to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1993
UPC:
0086162173233
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Montgomery Bill Abbott
Ann Rutherford Connie Ward
Glenn Miller Gene Morrison
Cesar Romero Sinjin
Lynn Bari Jaynie
Jackie Gleason Beck
Carole Landis Natalie
Mary Beth Hughes Caroline
Tamara Geva Mrs. Beck
Frank Orth Rex Willet
Grant Mitchell Dr. Ward
Edith Evanson Hilda
Alec Craig Henry Fink
Tex Beneke Actor
Marion Hutton Actor
Modernaires Themselves
Nicholas Brothers Specialty
Virginia Gilmore Elsie
Fayard Nicholas Himself
Harold Nicholas Himself
Henry Morgan Cully Anderson
Iris Adrian Actor
Dale Evans Girl at soda fountain

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
William Le Baron Producer
Robert Bischoff Editor
Richard Day Art Director
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Darrell Ware Screenwriter
Harry Warren Score Composer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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