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Orchestra Wives Details


In his last screen appearance, bandleader Glenn Miller plays--are you sitting down?--a bandleader. The film's main plot involves small-town girl Ann Rutherford, who impulsively marries George Montgomery, a trumpeter in the 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 (Lynn Bari, Carole Landis et. al.) She eventually leaves Montgomery, an event which coincides with the breakup of the band. But both the band and the marriage are salvaged through the benign conspiratorial schemes of Glenn Miller and a repentant Rutherford. Those who aren't interested in the various plots and subplots in Orchestra Wives will be captivated by the endless supply of blue-ribbon tunes, including I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo, At Last, and Serenade in Blue. Guest stars include Tex Beneke, The Modernaires and the Nicholas Brothers. Watch for an uncredited Jackie Gleason as a bass player and Dale Evans as Ann Rutherford's friend in the soda-fountain scene. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 4, 1942


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Warren Best Song 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mack Gordon Best Song 1942 Nominee


George Montgomery
as Bill Abbott
Ann Rutherford
as Connie Ward
Glenn Miller
as Gene Morrison
Cesar Romero
as Sinjin
Lynn Bari
as Jaynie
Carole Landis
as Natalie
Mary Beth Hughes
as Caroline
Frank Orth
as Rex Willet
Grant Mitchell
as Dr. Ward
Jackie Gleason
as Beck
Edith Evanson
as Hilda
Alec Craig
as Henry Fink
Tex Beneke
Marion Hutton
The Nicholas Brothers
as Specialty
Virginia Gilmore
as Elsie
Fayard Nicholas
as Himself
Harold Nicholas
as Himself
Iris Adrian
Dale Evans
as Girl at soda fountain
The Nicholas Brothers
as Specialty
Harold Nicholas
as Himself
Virginia Gilmore
as Elsie
Fayard Nicholas
as Himself


Archie Mayo
William Le Baron
Karl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
Lucien Ballard
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Warren
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Bischoff
Richard Day
Art Director