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Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band is a grand filmusical which stirs and thrills, a medley of more than 30 pieces, selected from some 600 which Berlin has composed.

With:
Tyrone Power Alice Faye Don Ameche Ethel Merman Jack Haley Jean Hersholt

Irving Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band is a grand filmusical which stirs and thrills, a medley of more than 30 pieces, selected from some 600 which Berlin has composed.

Although the story opens back in 1911, the narrative moves swiftly through the years. None of the characters ages a single grey hair in 25 years.

Richard Sherman conceived the story idea with a central figure, a San Francisco bandmaster who adopts the name of Alexander. It is strictly fiction with only slight similarity to the Berlin biog. The screenplay is a fine piece of work in its subtle and logical inclusions of the Berlin ballads. Henry King directs with humor and sentiment, letting loose with an occasional broadside of mass movement.

Berlin supervised the musical angles and, in addition, tossed off three new numbers, Now It Can Be told , ‘My Walking Stick’ and ‘Marching Along with Time’.

In the foreground are Tyrone Power, as Alexander; Alice Faye; and Don Ameche, who carries most of the story with an occasional song number of his own. Cast is heavy with featured names. Although Ethel Merman is a late entry into the proceedings, she sings and acts excellently. Jack Haley shows advantageously in comedy.

1938: Best Score (Alfred Newman).

Nominations: Best Picture, Original Story (Irving Berlin), Art Direction, Editing, Song ( Now It Can Be Told )

Alexander's Ragtime Band

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Henry King; Producer Harry Joe Brown (assoc.); Writer Kathryn Scola, Lamar Trotti; Camera Peverell Marley Editor Barbara McLean; Music Alfred Newman (dir.) Art Bernard Herzbrun, Boris Leven

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Tyrone Power Alice Faye Don Ameche Ethel Merman Jack Haley Jean Hersholt

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