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Harry James

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Sting II (1983)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Best of the Big Bands: Artie Shaw & Friends
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend: 1917-1987
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald in Concert
  • 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
No Score Yet Swingtime Video - V. 5
  • Actor

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