Strike up the Band

Strike up the Band

Mickey Rooney
Director: Busby Berkeley Cast: Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
, Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, June Preisser
June Preisser
Busby Berkeley

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Hey, gang! Let's put on a swell show and call it Strike Up the Band! Yes, it's the irrepressible Mickey Rooney, teamed up again with Judy Garland to show the grownups how to do things right. This time, Rooney wants to organize a high-school band. He hopes to enter a competition being held in Chicago by the great orchestra leader Paul Whiteman; all he needs is two hundred dollars for train fare. To raise the money, Rooney, Garland and company stage a student "mellerdrammer" that in real life would have cost the equivalent of a third-world-nation annual budget. They get the dough, but soft-hearted Rooney turns over the money to the mother of student musician Larry Nunn, who is in desperate need of emergency surgery. It looks hopeless until, luck of luck, Paul Whiteman arrives in Rooney's town. The original George and Ira Gershwin Broadway musical Strike Up the Band was a satire of warfare, with America declaring war on Switzerland in order to corner the chocolate industry. You'll see none of that subversive stuff in this MGM musical; instead, we are treated to such highlights as a George Pal animated sequence involving dancing fruit. It ain't profound, but Strike Up the Band is sure entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2018
UPC: 0888574764050
Original Release: 1940
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:00:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rooney Jimmy Connors
Judy Garland Mary Holden
June Preisser Barbara Frances Morgan
William Tracy Phillip Turner
Larry Nunn Willie Brewster
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Connors
Margaret Early Annie
Francis Pierlot Mr. Judd
Virginia Brissac Mrs. May Holden
George Lessey Mr. Morgan
Howard Hickman The Doctor
Sarah Edwards Miss Hodges
Milt Kibbee Mr. Holden
Helen Jerome Eddy Mrs. Brewster
Lowden Adams Butler
Jack Albertson Barker
Richard Allen Policeman
Jack Baxley Ice Cream Concessionaire
Harlan Briggs Doctor
Elliot Carpenter Henry
Don Castle Charlie
Vendell Darr Student
Joe Devlin Attendant
Mary Jo Ellis Actor
Roland Got House Boy
Harry Harvey Shooting Gallery Concessionaire
Earl Hodgins Hammer Concessionaire
Linda Johnson Actor
Jack Kenney Hot Dog Concessionaire
Victor Laplace Actor
Jimmie Lucas Actor
Margaret Marquis Actor
Mickey Martin Actor
Harry McCrillis Booper Barton
Margaret McWade Old Lady
Sidney Miller Actor
Jack Mulhall Actor
Paul Whiteman & Orch. Themselves
Henry Roquemore Man
Virginia Sale Music Teacher
Margaret Seddon Actor
Phil Silvers Pitchman
Charles B. Smith Boy
Leonard Sues Trumpet Player
Billy Wayne Clown
Douglas Wilson Actor
Harry Lash Actor
Helen Seamon Actor
Enid Bennett Mrs. Morgan

Technical Credits
Busby Berkeley Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
John S. Detlie Art Director
Roger Edens Score Composer
Fred F. Finklehoffe Screenwriter
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ray June Cinematographer
Ben Lewis Editor
John Monks Screenwriter
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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