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Orchestra Wives - the movie,
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Orchestra Wives - The movie
This was Glenn Miller's second film. The first, Sun Valley Serenade, was primarily a vehicle for skating star Sonja Henie, but this was written around the Miller band. As the title suggests, the story concerned the activities and bickering of the band players' wives when the guys were doing their gigs on tour. It's in black-and-white, dating from 1942, and had little to commend it except the playing of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke (who doubled on alto sax), and Marion Hutton with the Modernaires. Later bandleader-arranger par excellence, Billy May, was once again prominent in the back row of the trumpet section, but he had no solos in this film. The score was by Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (lyrics) and features three of their hit numbers - `At last', `Serenade in blue' and `I've got a gal in Kalamazoo'. Cesar Romero, George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford and Lynn Bari played supporting roles. Sun Valley Serenade was better!