The Strip (1951)





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Mickey Rooney returned to his "home" studio MGM, after a three-year absence, in the location-filmed melodrama The Strip. Rooney is cast as Stanley Maxton, an aspiring drummer who has the misfortune to fall within the orbit of bookie Sunny Johnson (James Craig). Out of the goodness of his heart, Stanley introduces aspiring actress June Tafford (Sally Forrest) to Johnson, hoping that the latter's Hollywood connections will help the girl find success. Stanley also quits the rackets to play drums at a nightclub owned by his pal Fluff (William Demarest). Things take a sorry turn when Johnson decides to make a play for June; Stanley interferes and gets beaten up by the bookie's goons. June's response to this outrage results in tragedy for everyone. The Strip is a surprisingly downbeat effort for producer Joe Pasternak, a man usually associated with happy, wholesome Technicolor musicals. The film is highlighted by jazz performances from Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Earl "Fatha" Hines and Barney Bigard.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Mickey Rooney
as Stanley Maxton
Sally Forrest
as Jane Tafford
James Craig
as Delwyn 'Sonny' Johnson
Kay Brown
as Edna
Tom Powers
as Detective Bonnabel
Tommy Farrell
as Boynton
Myrna Dell
as Paulette Ardrey
Vic Damone
as Deputy
Monica Lewis
as Deputy
Robert Foulk
as Deputy
John McGuire
as Deputy
Russell Trent
as Deputy
Bert May
as Specialty Dancer
Fred Graham
as Deputy
Don Haggerty
as Deputy
Frank Hyers
as Sergeant
John Maxwell
as Doctor
Sherry Hall
as Doctor
Tom Quinn
as Doctor
Dan Foster
as G.I.
Helen Spring
as Elderly Secretary
Alex Frazer
as Horticulturist
Lester Dorr
as Police Surgeon
Earle Hodgins
as Technician
Sam Finn
as Clerk
Bette Arlen
as Charleston Dancer
Betty Jane Howarth
as Charleston Dancer
Sig Frohlich
as Clerk in Bookie Joint
Carl Saxe
as Boyfriend
Joel Allen
as Boyfriend
Wilson Wood
as Patron
Earl Hodgins
as Technician
Dee Turnell
as Dancer
Ward Ellis
as Dancer
Jack Regas
as Dancer
Donald Kerr
as Clerk
Roger Moore
as Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Strip

All Critics (1)

It's an above-average mystery story that could be categorized as film noir because of Rooney's pained expression as a victim of love.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Strip


MGM's film noir with music features a strong performance from Mickey Rooney and the Oscar-nominated song "A Kiss To Build A Dream On," performed three times in the film, including once by Louis Armstrong.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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