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“Orchestra Wives” (Movie Review-9/24/42)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/24/42 | Bosley Crowther

Posted on 09/24/2012 4:09:44 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: moviereview; realtime
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1 posted on 09/24/2012 4:09:51 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
There are no clips or trailers at TCM, but I did find this capsule review of the movie there.

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.

“I’ve 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 Miller’s bass player or was he acting as one?

2 posted on 09/24/2012 4:12:08 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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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.


3 posted on 09/24/2012 5:09:00 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Glenn Miller and his orchestra were basically the soundtrack to WWII.

RIP Major Miller. You’re always on my Saturday Night Jukebox.


4 posted on 09/24/2012 5:27:23 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

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.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 5:32:25 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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Your Kalamazoo clip is like entering a time capsule into ones' past. The story line may be hokey, but the music, sing and dancing linger on forever. Everyone should watch this video to see what the Nicolas Brothers dancing was all about....it was all about spectacular!

Leni

6 posted on 09/24/2012 5:57:52 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

BkMrk for viewing


7 posted on 09/24/2012 6:48:12 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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