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Orchestra Wives (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 4 September 1942 (USA)
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Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about ... See full summary »

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Darrell Ware (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Bill Abbot
Ann Rutherford ... Connie Ward
Glenn Miller ... Gene Morrison
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra ... Gene Morrison Orchestra (as The Glenn Miller Band)
Lynn Bari ... Jaynie Stevens
Carole Landis ... Natalie Mercer
Cesar Romero ... St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
Virginia Gilmore ... Elsie
Mary Beth Hughes ... Caroline Steele
The Nicholas Brothers ... Nicholas Brothers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Tamara Geva ... Mrs. Beck
Frank Orth ... Rex Willet
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Ward
Harry Morgan ... Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
Jackie Gleason ... Ben Beck
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Storyline

Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Taglines:

It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Getrouwd met de band See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Dale Evans See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Beck: How about you, Sinjin, when are you getting married?
Sinjin: What for? I got a lot of girls that are just pulling their hair waiting for me to call them.
Ben Beck: Why don't you call 'em?
Sinjin: Are you kidding? I'm sick of running around with bald dames.
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Connections

Edited from Sun Valley Serenade (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Played over opening credits
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definitive band musical
24 July 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This film, the second to feature the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and probably best of the many films to include bandleaders in the cast, does exactly what it says on the tin – present a film about orchestra wives, those long-suffering mates of band musicians. What plot there is can be summed up in a couple of lines, concerning romances, new marriages, old flames, and rivalries.

The production works better than ‘Sun Valley Serenade', as that film largely had to support a plot for Sonja Henje. This time, there's more scope for other characters to make their impact, however brief. And yes, that is Cesar Romero playing piano for Miller. I'm not sure why, but there you go.

Miller himself was no actor, but it is of great interest to see him lead his band on screen (and also to put faces to singers Tex Beneke and Ray Eberle). The unique arrangements were perfect for screen soundtracks and there are several hit numbers featured throughout ‘Orchestra Wives'.


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