Orchestra Wives

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When a touring swing band arrives in her small town, Connie Ward (Ann Rutherford) falls hard for trumpeter Bill Abbot (George Montgomery) and decides to marry him on a whim -- since the band is leaving as quickly as it arrived. Quite unprepared for her new lifestyle, Connie struggles to adjust to the constant travel from one town to another, and also to the pettiness of the other musicians' wives. Eventually, the marriage and the band break up, but Bill is determined to make it all right again.

Cast & Crew

Glenn Miller
Gene Morrison
Lynn Bari
Jaynie Stevens
Carole Landis
Natalie Mercer
Cesar Romero
St. John "Sinjin" Smith
Mary Beth Hughes
Caroline Steele
The Nicholas Brothers
Themselves
Karl Tunberg
Screenwriter
Darrell Ware
Screenwriter
Leigh Harline
Original Music
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
Robert Bischoff
Film Editor
Richard Day
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for Orchestra Wives

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2)

  • 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

  • Jun 03, 2010
    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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