Beat the Band (1947)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Drama, Backstage Musical, Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Broadway musical Beat the Band was boiled down to B-picture terms in this RKO Radio programmer. The plot concerns Damon (Philip Terry), a bandleader who finds himself financially embarrassed when he returns from WW2. In order to earn enough money to reassemble his orchestra, Damon poses as a famed Italian voice teacher. His first pupil is would-be songstress Ann (Frances Langford), whose family fortune figures prominently in Damon's comeback scheme. Ralph Edwards, emcee of the then-popular radio series "Truth or Consquences," provides comic relief as Damon's crooked business manager. The musical highlights include a "hot" arrangement performed in a boiler room by the Gene Krupa Orchestra.

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assumed-identity, bandleader, singer, teacher, comeback, orchestra