Alexander's Ragtime Band (film)
|Alexander's Ragtime Band|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Henry King|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Written by||Irving Berlin
|Music by||Irving Berlin
|Cinematography||J. Peverell Marley|
|Edited by||Barbara McLean|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|August 16, 1938|
|Box office||$3.6 million (gross rental)|
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) is a film released by 20th Century Fox that takes its name from the 1911 Irving Berlin (1888–1989) song "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to tell a story of a society boy who scandalizes his family by pursuing a career in ragtime instead of in "serious" music. The film generally traces the history of jazz music from the popularization of Ragtime in the early years of the 20th century to the acceptance of swing as an art form in the late 1930s using music composed by Berlin. The story spans more than two decades from the 1911 release of its name-sake song to some point in time after the 1933 release of "Heat Wave", presumably 1938. It stars Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman, Jack Haley and Jean Hersholt. Several actual events in the history of jazz are fictionalized and adapted to the story including the tour of Europe by Original Dixieland Jass Band, the global spread of jazz by U.S. soldiers during World War I, and the 1938 Carnegie Hall performance by The Benny Goodman Orchestra.
It is believed by some that both the song and the movie were inspired by a real bandleader, Alexander Constantin Jr. of New Orleans (also known as "King" Watzke, and his band, Alexander's Ragtime Band, which was popular c. 1904-11.
- Tyrone Power — Alexander
- Alice Faye — Stella Kirby
- Don Ameche — Charlie Dwyer
- Ethel Merman — Jerry Allen
- Jack Haley — Davey Lane
- Jean Hersholt — Professor Heinrich
- Helen Westley — Aunt Sophie
- John Carradine — Taxi Driver
- Paul Hurst — Bill
- Wally Vernon — Himself
- Ruth Terry — Ruby
- Douglas Fowley — Snapper
Alexander's Ragtime Band features several hit songs by Irving Berlin including "Heat Wave", "Some Sunny Day", "Blue Skies", "Easter Parade", "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band". Previously released songs were re-arranged and used in conjunction with new songs written by Berlin for the film.
- Best Picture
- Story - Irving Berlin
- Song - Irving Berlin for "Now It Can Be Told"
- Art Direction - Bernard Herzbrun and Boris Leven
- Film Editing - Barbara McLean
- "Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) – Notes". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
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- "NY Times: Alexander's Ragtime Band". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
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