Strike Up The Band


(out of 5)

The best of the ‘Let’s Put On A Show!’ movies was this exciting MGM musical that has both stars at the peak of their teenage talents (though Garland would definitely blossom as an adult actress much later). The pair play a shyly romantic couple who decide to enter a nationwide band contest and, naturally, put on a big show to raise funds. Trouble comes when talented  shows up and sweeps Rooney off his feet: sure, he’s attached to Judy, but June’s got lots of money that could help the band in the tap of a shoe. Garland’s rousing numbers include ‘Drummer Boy’, ‘Our Love Affair’ and the rousing title finale. Marvelous entertainment that far outdoes its predecessor Babes In Arms, which ran along a similar theme.

USA, 1940

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Academy Awards 1940

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