Strike Up the Band

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Strike Up the Band
Busby Berkeley, 1940
USA | Format: 35mm | 120 minutes

“Another boisterous musical…the juvenile stars give the show all the punch of a sure-fire hit”—The New York Herald Tribune

Garland, Mickey Rooney, vampy June Preisser, and a host of talented teens form a swing orchestra and compete in Paul Whiteman’s national “big band” radio contest. En route, they put on a school dance, stage a fund-raising melodrama, and pay for the life-saving operation of a fellow student.

The title song is a Gershwin classic, but Roger Edens wrote the new numbers, including the heartfelt “Our Love Affair.” Busby Berkeley shot the first half of the six-minute “Do the La Conga” in one practiced take.

Series: Judy Garland: All Singin’, All Dancin’, All Judy

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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