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Orchestra Wives (1942)





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In this film, small-town girl Ann Rutherford impulsively marries George Montgomery, a trumpeter in the Glenn Miller band. Rutherford soon finds that she isn't particularly suited for life on the road, nor is she prepared for the petty jealousies and backstabbings prevalent among the other orchestra wives.

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Ann Rutherford
as Connie Ward / Abbot
Glenn Miller
as Gene Morrison
Cesar Romero
as St. John 'Sinjin' Smith
Lynn Bari
as Jaynie
Tamara Geva
as Mrs. Beck
Frank Orth
as Rex Willet
Harry Morgan
as Cully Anderson
Alec Craig
as Henry Fink
Tex Beneke
as Himself
Dale Evans
as Girl at soda fountain
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Critic Reviews for Orchestra Wives

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Mr. Miller and his assorted virtuosos are killers when it comes to making jive, but it takes more than wind and willingness to support a ninety-seven-minute film.

September 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It is important for the youth to know that the Glenn Miller Orchestra has the most important role in the movie. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is THE reason to catch this WWII musical.

March 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

a bared teeth comedy about the gossiping and back biting that goes on among the wives of the band members.

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Orchestra Wives


Great music and a light weight story add up to a pleasant diversion. The professional actors llike Ann Rutherford, Carole Landis and Cesar Romero all give enjoyable performances. Also a great movie for familiar faces that were just starting out like Jackie Gleason and Harry Morgan to pop in and disappear. Marion Hutton, Betty's sister, shows up as one of the band's singers and the resemblance is striking. As for Glenn Miller, as an actor he was a wonderful band leader and Tex Beneke who plays one of the husbands had a beautiful voice and a face just made for radio. None of it really matters at all though whenever the boys pick up their instruments and play it's magic.

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