Strike Up the Band Overview:

Strike Up the Band (1940) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Busby Berkeley and produced by Arthur Freed.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringRoger Edens, Georgie StollNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Roger Edens and Arthur FreedNominated

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On Blu-ray: A Garland and Rooney Double-Header, Strike up the Band and Girl Crazy

By KC on Sep 2, 2020 From Classic Movies

When I finished up my double feature viewing of the Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney films Strike up the Band (1940) and Girl Crazy (1943) (both newly available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive), I felt a familiar mixture of exhilaration and confusion. There’s so much to love about these classic m... Read full article

Musical Monday: Strike Up the Band (1940)

on Jun 11, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Strike Up the Band?(1940) ? ... Read full article


By Crystal Kalyana on Apr 7, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

MUSICAL MONTH STRIKE UP THE BAND ( 1940 ) To coincide with the one year anniversary of Mickey Rooney’s passing yesterday, and as a small tribute to him, I thought I would present you all with a Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movie. The film I have chosen is “Strike Up The Band”, on... Read full article

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The puppet orchestra made of fruit that comes to life playing instruments for Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland on a kitchen table, was the work of animator George Pal. He had just arrived in Hollywood from Europe via New York and this was among his first projects. Pal's work was relatively unknown by American audiences, thus he was uncredited. The idea for the sequence was that of another New York-to-Hollywood transfer: Vincente Minnelli.
The 1930 Broadway production of "Strike Up the Band", with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, had no relation to the story of this film. That was a political satire that had trouble getting to Broadway, and when it did, it had only a short run of 191 performances. However, the title song became very popular and is included in this film.
The original camera negative was destroyed in May 1978 during a nitrate film fire in the George Eastman House archives. The fire also destroyed 328 other films' original camera negatives.
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