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Orchestra Wives

Released Sep 4, 1942 1h 38m Musical Romance List
Reviews 82% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When a touring swing band arrives in her small town, Connie Ward (Ann Rutherford) falls hard for trumpeter Bill Abbot (George Montgomery) and decides to marry him on a whim -- since the band is leaving as quickly as it arrived. Quite unprepared for her new lifestyle, Connie struggles to adjust to the constant travel from one town to another, and also to the pettiness of the other musicians' wives. Eventually, the marriage and the band break up, but Bill is determined to make it all right again. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Mr. Miller and his assorted virtuosos are killers when it comes to making jive, but it takes more than wind and willingness to support a ninety-seven-minute film. Rated: 2/5 Sep 30, 2006 Full Review Jose Maria Santos Cine-Mundial It is important for the youth to know that the Glenn Miller Orchestra has the most important role in the movie. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 19, 2019 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com The Glenn Miller Orchestra is THE reason to catch this WWII musical. Rated: 4/5 Mar 8, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Doug H Amazing Glenn Miller and his orchestra worth seeing for. Plus, Jackie Gleason, Henry Morgan in '42. And the Nicolas Brothers! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting music from the '40's and Jackie Gleason on bass and Fred MacMurray on sax. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Don't miss the duo dance 5-star finale! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The plot is for the birds, but what a score! Glenn Miller & His Orchestra introduce "At Last," "People Like You and Me," "Serenade in Blue," and the Oscar-nominated "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The 1954 mean girls. ð'? Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member The Glenn Miller Orchestra is THE reason to catch this WWII musical. miller's last film performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When a touring swing band arrives in her small town, Connie Ward (Ann Rutherford) falls hard for trumpeter Bill Abbot (George Montgomery) and decides to marry him on a whim -- since the band is leaving as quickly as it arrived. Quite unprepared for her new lifestyle, Connie struggles to adjust to the constant travel from one town to another, and also to the pettiness of the other musicians' wives. Eventually, the marriage and the band break up, but Bill is determined to make it all right again.
Director
Archie Mayo
Producer
William LeBaron
Screenwriter
Karl Tunberg, Darrell Ware
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Genre
Musical, Romance
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 4, 1942, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 4, 2017
Runtime
1h 38m