Skip to comments.“Orchestra Wives” (Movie Review-9/24/42)
Posted on 09/24/2012 4:09:44 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
D: Archie Mayo. George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller and his Band, Lynn Bari, Carole Landis, Cesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, Mary Beth Hughes, The Nicholas Brothers, Jackie Gleason, Henry (Harry) Morgan. Hokey storyline (with hotshot trumpeter Montgomery impetuously marrying moony-eyed fan Rutherford) serves as a nice showcase for Miller's band, and features such hits as "Serenade in Blue,'' "At Last,'' and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo,'' featuring Tex Beneke, The Modernaires, and a snazzy dance routine by The Nicholas Brothers. That's young Jackie Gleason as the band's bass player . . . and look fast for Dale Evans as Rutherford's soda-fountain pal.
So even if Crowther is correct that this is a trifling little story which is as ridiculous as a zoot suit and has no more shape or distinction than one of those forbidden garbs, it still has historical value for students of our popular culture.
Ive Got a Gal in Kalamazoo This is a clip from the movie I found on youtube and it includes a dance by the Nicholas Brothers. Did Jackie Gleason really start as Glenn Millers bass player or was he acting as one?
The clip in this movie of Miller’s band playing Bugle Call Rag is worth seeing. You can see the musical talent and showmanship of the band. And it’s cool to see Jackie Gleason playing bass and Cesar Romero playing piano.
Glenn Miller and his orchestra were basically the soundtrack to WWII.
RIP Major Miller. You’re always on my Saturday Night Jukebox.
I just noticed the other story.
Toscanini doing Berlioz’s “R & J”....with the under-rated basso Nicola Moscona and his unbelievably rich sonorous throbbing at that!
Too bad time-travel isn’t yet a reality.
BkMrk for viewing
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