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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

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orchestra Wives See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Brahm was originally assigned to direct the film. See more »

Quotes

Ben Beck: [as Bill Abbott approaches yet another pretty girl] There he goes. Out of the frying pan, into the frying pan!
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Connections

Follows Sun Valley Serenade (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Played over opening credits
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Glenn Miller at his best
19 February 2003 | by Wolfi-10See all my reviews

It's Glenn Miller and his orchestra all right, even though the producers called him Gene Morris or something like that, and there is lots of music played by them. This movie seems to be almost unknown, yet it should by on the top of the list of every Glenn Miller fan. The sound is not bad for a 1942 recording.

The story line ... is not worse than those of hundred other movies, past and present, without redeeming musical numbers. It's about the few wives or girl friends traveling with the band, who do not necessarily make the musicians' hardships on the road any easier. In the style of these older movies, things are happening at a good clip and are never too melodramatic.

Glenn Miller plays "Glenn Miller" pretty well in a low-key manner and looks quite realistic. How could they make such great music with the smoking and the bad food at odd hours?


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