Strike Up The Band

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, two of the great young stars of their day, team up in this musical comedy as a pair of high school students. Mary (Garland) works in the library after school, and Jimmy (Rooney) spends his free time practicing the drums. He wants to smack the skins in a dance band, but his widowed mother yearns for him to become a doctor....read more

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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, two of the great young stars of their day, team up in this musical comedy as a pair of high school students. Mary (Garland) works in the library after school, and Jimmy (Rooney) spends his free time practicing the drums. He wants to smack the skins in a

dance band, but his widowed mother yearns for him to become a doctor. Jimmy and a bunch of his pals form an orchestra with the intention of entering a contest sponsored by big band "King of Jazz" Paul Whiteman. The kids manage to scrape together the money for their trip to the coast, but when one

of them needs an emergency operation, Jimmy decides to pay for it and sacrifice his big chance. Luckily, Paul Whiteman is in town and Jimmy and his boys get a chance to play for him anyway. Rooney and Garland deliver their usual energy-packed performances, but one unexpected scene is a standout:

as Jimmy uses a bowl of fruit to illustrate an idea he has for a musical number, the fruit turns into little animated puppet models (masterminded by George Pal) that perform "Do the Conga." Also included is the big band classic "Sing, Sing, Sing."

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