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23 Ratings

Strike Up the Band

Directed by Busby Berkeley
United States, 1940
Comedy, Musical, Romance


Jimmy Connors and Mary Holden put on a show to raise cash so the musical kids in town can enter a prestigious orchestra competition. But the real world tangles with their dream, and soon it’s unclear whether they’ll make it to the contest.

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Strike Up the Band Directed by Busby Berkeley

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | Winner: Best Sound, Recording

1941 | 2 nominations including: Best Music, Original Song

What are people saying?

  • SpacePirate's rating of the film Strike Up the Band

    Typical Mickey-Judy fare, but this one is perhaps the best film to really encapsulate all the talents of Rooney. Dude could do comedy, drama, sing, dance, and play a shit ton of instruments. Seemingly had boundless energy, no wonder he lived so long. A piece showing animated fruit playing instruments must be seen, and Berkeley delivers another memorable dance routine with a conga number. Garland is in fine form also

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