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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 »

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Archie Mayo

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Darrell Ware (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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It's Hep! It's Hot! It's Hilarious!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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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 »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Soundtracks

People Like You and Me
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Sung by Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires
Copyright 1942
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Swing Era Never Dies
29 November 2001 | by MicuSee all my reviews

SUN VALLEY SERENADE was a surprise and a big success when it came to Europe, and I don't understand why ORCHESTRA WIVES did not travel well over the Atlantic (to my knowledge). The musical numbers are quite a few, and Lucien Ballard did a tremendous work at filming them. The Nicholas Brothers are even better than in the former Miller movie (and they were at their climax the year after, in STORMY WEATHER). The plot is unessential, as in most of the musicals, but the "wives" are all good looking and the players are credible too. Special mention to singer Marion Hutton, sax player Tex Benneke and drummer Moe Purtill, all uncredited.henry caraso


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