Monday, September 21, 2009

Movie Monday: Orchestra Wives (1942)

To me, Orchestra Wives is simply delightful. You have wonderful actors, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and fabulous 1940's fashion all in one great film!

I don't want to give away any of the movie, so I'm using the plot summary from IMDB: Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives.

This movie will have you up and wanting to dance — especially when they perform "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo."
The acting is good. Carole Landis does a wonderful job at being a catty orchestra wife; Cesar Romero is fun and humerous as the girl-chaser, George Montgomery as the famous trumpeter who falls in love with Connie, and Ann Rutherford as Connie - the small town girl who's just crazzzy about Bill Abbot and his music.

This is a fun movie, with a little, light drama. Plus you get to see Glenn Miller and members of his band acting (who can be less than convincing at times, but still enjoyable). Be sure to check out Ann Rutherford's wardrobe . . . it's gorgeous!

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