Stars and Stripes Forever is the highly fanciful filmed biography of "march king" John Philip Sousa. Clifton Webb does a fine job as Sousa, while Ruth Hussey is equally good in the less-demanding role of Sousa's wife. The problem faced by screenwriter Lamar Trotti (who adapted the film from Sousa's autobiography Marching Along) was that, outside of Sousa's early travails in organizing his own band after leaving the Marine Corps, there just wasn't much drama in the great composer's life. Thus, a secondary (and wholly fictional) romance involving young musician Willie (Robert Wagner) and ex-chorus girl Lily (Debra Paget) is given special emphasis. Willie invents the Sousaphone on behalf of his mentor, and upon returning from the Spanish American War minus one of his legs, Willie makes an inspirational solo appearance with the Sousa band. The best scenes include Sousa's ongoing efforts to break free from the "march king" onus and write romantic ballads, and Lily's high-kicking rendition of the music-hall ballad "Father's Got 'Em." When first telecast on NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies in 1962, Stars and Stripes Forever was accompanied by a short newsreel clip of the real John Philip Sousa in action.
Disc 1 - From Our National March To The Silver Screen; John Philip Sousa's Contribution To American Music; Pressbook, Advertising and Still Galleries; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Disc 2 - DVD; Stars And Stripes Forever; ; Closed Caption
Disc #1 -- Stars And Stripes Forever 1. Main Titles/Gloves [:00] 2. Private Little [:00] 3. New Ballad [:00] 4. Concert Invitation [:00] 5. Den of Iniquity [:00] 6. Private Performance [:00] 7. Semper Fidelis [:00] 8. Leaving the Corps [:00] 9. Auditions [:00] 10. Sousa's Band [:00] 11. The March King [:00] 12. Lily Seeks Advice [:00] 13. The Two-Step [:00] 14. Look the Other Way [:00] 15. Southern Hospitality [:00] 16. Battle Hymn of the Republic [:00] 17. A Household Name [:00] 18. When It's Springtime in New York [:00] 19. War [:00] 20. Inspiration [:00] 21. A Letter from Willie [:00] 22. Home From the War [:00] 23. Stars and Stripes Forever [:00] 24. Dedicated to Our Men [:00]
Disc #1 -- Stars And Stripes Forever Play Scene Selection Language Selection English Mono Spanish Mono Subtitles English Spanish French Subtitles: None Special Features From Our National March To The Silver Screen John Philip Sousa's Contribution To American Music U.K. Alternate Main Title Sequence Theatrical Trailer U.K. Trailer With Alternate Main Title Galleries Interactive Pressbook Gallery Advertising Gallery Still Gallery
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