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Here Comes the Band (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 August 1935 (USA)
The songwriter Ollie Watts goes to court to claim the rights to his song that was stolen by the unscrupulous music publisher Mr. Simmonds. Ollie brings his girlfriend and singer Margaret ... See full summary »


Paul Sloane


Paul Sloane (original screen play), Ralph Spence (original screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Lewis and His Orchestra Ted Lewis and His Orchestra ... Ted Lowry and His Orchestra
Ted Lewis ... Ted Lowry
Virginia Bruce ... Margaret Jones
Harry Stockwell ... Ollie Watts
Ted Healy ... 'Happy'
Nat Pendleton ... 'Piccolo Pete'
Addison Richards ... Colonel Wallace
Donald Cook ... Don Trevor
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky Lowry (as Spanky McFarland)
Robert McWade ... Judge
Henry Kolker ... Simmon's Attorney
Robert Gleckler ... Simmons
Richard Tucker ... Jim - Banker in Band
Bert Roach ... Drummer in Band
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Dentist


The songwriter Ollie Watts goes to court to claim the rights to his song that was stolen by the unscrupulous music publisher Mr. Simmonds. Ollie brings his girlfriend and singer Margaret Wallace with him. Eventually, Ollie wins his song back and $ 50,000 in damages. Written by Robert

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M-G-M's Great New Musical Romance!


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English | German

Release Date:

30 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batuta da Alegria See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Monday 1 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 16 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 31 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in New York City 14 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Phoenix 10 November 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 6 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Miami 9 December 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Chicago 15 January 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Spokane 28 January 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Honolulu 12 February 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Cincinnati 19 April 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Cleveland 30 April 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), in Binghamton NY 27 May 1958 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Adams MA 1 July 1958 on WCDC (Channel 19), and in Syracuse 2 June 1958 on WHEN (Channel 8). The Band finally found its way to Seattle 9 April 1961 on KING (Channel 5). See more »

Crazy Credits

Ted Lewis and His Orchestra is credited in a full frame right after the title page and before any other credit. They are not in the comprehensive listing later on in the credits. Because of this, IMDb policy is to list them first, and to fill in the rest of the credits afterward. See more »


Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Played by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra during the war sequences
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Amusing bits but painfully unfunny cornball one-liners dominate the film...
19 May 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The man who provided Disney with the voice for Prince Charming in SNOW WHITE is the leading man here, HARRY STOCKWELL, father of Dean and Guy Stockwell. He's an unphotogenic man with a splendid voice, but it's easy to see why he never made it in films. He's totally unphotogenic and lacks whatever charisma is needed for stardom.

Stockwell and VIRGINIA BRUCE play aspiring singers who enter a radio contest, during which all the other acts are ridiculed and played strictly for laughs. Funniest bit of all is done by BILLY GILBERT who demonstrates why he played "Sneezy" in Disney's SNOW WHITE by doing a whole act based on his sneezing abilities.

Virginia Bruce is her usual bland self and the humor throughout depends on vaudeville one-liners that were corny even then. In other words, the witless script is a poor thing to endure for an hour and twenty minutes, cut drastically after a disastrous preview.

It's a curiosity. TED LEWIS is top-billed but gets brief footage--perhaps the victim of too many cuts.

Watchable but only at your own risk.

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