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Harry James

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)
  • Birthday: Mar 15, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of circus performers, Harry James first picked up a trumpet at age 10. Organizing his own band in the early 1930s, James' progress was spotty until scoring a hit with the old standby "You Made Me Love You." By 1942, he was the most popular bandleader in the U.S. -- and in the bargain, he was married to the Number One female film star, Betty Grable. James hardly needed films to bolster his fame, but it was de rigeur in the 1930s and 1940s for bandleaders to show up on screen once in a while. Obligingly, he appeared (and on occasion spoke a few lines, rather better than most bandleaders) in such films as Private Buckaroo (42), Springtime in the Rockies (42), Bathing Beauty (44), Two Girls and a Sailor (44) and Carnegie Hall (47). James also dubbed in the trumpeting of Kirk Douglas in Young Man with a Horn (50), an a clef retelling of the Bix Beiderbecke story. Surviving the decline of the Big-Band era, James remained popular into the 1950s and 1960s, guesting in films like The Benny Goodman Story (56) and Jerry Lewis' The Ladies' Man (61). TV fans desiring an opportunity to see a trumpet-playing and acting Harry James (and Betty Grable as well) are referred to the 1958 Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour special "Lucy Buys a Racehorse".

Highest Rated Movies

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No Score Yet Best of the Big Bands: Artie Shaw & Friends Actor 2005
No Score Yet Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend: 1917-1987 Actor 1996
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing Actor 1993
No Score Yet Trumpet Kings Actor 1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 111 Actor 1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 102 Actor 1984
0% The Sting II Bandleader 1983
100% The Ladies' Man Himself 1961
20% The Opposite Sex Himself 1956
No Score Yet The Benny Goodman Story Himself - Trumpeter at Carnegie Hall 1956
No Score Yet Mario Lanza Actor 1954
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way Guest Star 1948
No Score Yet Carnegie Hall Himself 1947
No Score Yet If I'm Lucky Earl Gordon 1946
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Himself 1944
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Himself 1943
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Himself 1942
No Score Yet Syncopation Himself 1942
No Score Yet Private Buckaroo Actor 1942
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Harry James 1937

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