Alexander's Ragtime Band Overview:

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) was a Musical - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by Harry Joe Brown.


A sumptuous showcase for 28 fantastic Berlin tunes. Aristocratic Power flouts family convention and takes up ragtime. He starts a band with composer Ameche and singer Faye. Over the next 30 years, two fall in love, a different two get married, one goes away to war, the band breaks up then gets back together. One of the original and still one of the best "let's put on a show" films of all time. Love, loyalty, fame, jealousy - even duty, honor, and country - all play alongside the spectacular cast in this breathtakingly appointed showbiz epic.

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Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionBernard Herzbrun, Boris LevenNominated
Best Film EditingBarbara McLeanNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanWon
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
Best WritingIrving BerlinNominated

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Stella Kirby: You haven't left me with a word to say.
Charlie Dwyer: That's good. People talk too much anyway.

Stella's Sailor freind: So, did you ever learn long division?
Stella Kirby: I never even learned short division!

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Grady Sutton (Babe), James Gordon (Equity President) and Joan Castle (Equity Secretary) were in studio records/casting call lists for those roles, but they did not appear in the film.
In her autobiography, Ethel Merman said that the original lyrics to "Heat Wave": "She started a heat wave by letting her seat wave" was changed for the movie to "She started a heat wave by letting her feet wave"
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 7, 1947 with Tyrone Power reprising his film role.
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