Alexander's Ragtime Band

Alexander's Ragtime Band

DVD - 2004
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Roger and his friend Charlie audition at a saloon in San Francisco's Barbary Coast. The number "Alexander's ragtime band" proves to be a sensation. Charlie soon falls in love with Stella who is the singer of the band. When Roger returns from World War I, he meets Stella and learns she and Charlie have married.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 26, 2016

GREAT 1938 Irving Berlin romantic musical comedy. I've really been hitting the tops recently in my exploration of early film musicals.
This fascinating films covers a couple decades of evolution of dance band music from ragtime through swing against a backdrop of the romance between a developing band's members and their singer/dancer star (Alice Faye).
Lots of great tunes including 'Heat Wave' and dance sequences, too - especially The Walking Stick Song with six backup lady dancers madly twirling their sticks while making lots of foot moves.
Ethel Merman was excellent, too; particularly enjoyed her 'A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody.
Oh, and it was fun to see a young Phil Silvers again doing some great tap dancing.

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Audrey1976
Jul 01, 2015

Sensational cast, including the wonderful Alice Faye. Music by Irving Berlin is terrific - very entertaining classic!

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