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Stars and Stripes Forever

Released Dec 22, 1952 1h 29m Biography Musical List
Reviews 78% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Eager to impress his boss, musician Private Willie Little (Robert Wagner) presents Marine Corps Band composer John Philip Sousa (Clifton Webb) with a rejiggered instrument he's dubbed the "sousaphone." When the composer exits the Corps, Little joins Sousa's new band. Sousa wants to play more than just his famed marches, and Little is preoccupied by his performer girlfriend, but when the Spanish-American War starts, both men concentrate on giving all they can to the war effort. Read More Read Less

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine An overlong plot thread involving Young Love (Debra Paget and Robert Wagner) doesn't interfere unduly with the rousing band-tunes that make the picture a lot of fun to see and hear. Oct 7, 2019 Full Review James Plath Movie Metropolis Like The Music Man, Stars and Stripes Forever captures the turn of the century with loving accuracy, and that's part of the film's charm. Rated: 7/10 Dec 29, 2011 Full Review Kevin Carr 7M Pictures This is the kind of film that my father-in-law, who loves movies of the 50s and musical tributes, would love. Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 20, 2011 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Great Sousa marches, credible acting by Clifton Webb make this a must see. Rated: 4/5 Mar 8, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mark A Clifton Webb is perfect as John Phillip Sousa. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review Audience Member Very much a product of it's time: a whitewashed, simplified bio-pic, If you really want to know about the life of Sousa, you won't get it here, but if you love his music & want a fun romp, this picture will do it. Has Clifton Webb ever given a bad performance? If so, I've yet to see it. Richard Wagner is at his precocious best here. Very much a mid-century, rose colored glasses look back. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review steve d Not enough story to it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Clifton Webb stars as bandleader John Philip Sousa in this highly entertaining, if fictionalized, account of his later years. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful biography of John Philip Sousa. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful biography of John Philip Sousa. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Eager to impress his boss, musician Private Willie Little (Robert Wagner) presents Marine Corps Band composer John Philip Sousa (Clifton Webb) with a rejiggered instrument he's dubbed the "sousaphone." When the composer exits the Corps, Little joins Sousa's new band. Sousa wants to play more than just his famed marches, and Little is preoccupied by his performer girlfriend, but when the Spanish-American War starts, both men concentrate on giving all they can to the war effort.
Director
Henry Koster
Producer
Lamar Trotti
Screenwriter
Lamar Trotti
Production Co
20th Century Fox
Genre
Biography, Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 22, 1952, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Dec 13, 2011
Runtime
1h 29m