Saturday, September 4, 2010

Strike up the Band (1940)

Strike Up the Band(1940). Black and white musical film. Directed by Busby Berkeley and stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to enter in Paul Whiteman's high school's band contest, but they do not have the money. Fortunately, they run into Paul Whiteman and convince him, that their band is good enough. He gives them the money, but... one of their friends becomes very ill.

A very famous, memorable quote from the film is "Take that boy on the street. Teach him to blow a horn and he'll never blow a safe.", spoken by Paul Whiteman.

I'm not really a fan of Mickey Rooney, but.. he was very much apart of the 40s, musicals.

"Drummer Boy"
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Roger Edens and Arthur Freed
Performed at Barbara's party by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney (on drums and vibraphone) and other band members
Reprised by the cast in the finale

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