George Montgomery plays the lead trumpet for the “Gene Morrison Band” (the Glen Miller Band). As they set out on tour, he falls in love with, and marries, audience member and big fan Ann Rutherford, much to the displeasure of Lynn Bari. The film then uses the tensions between the various significant others during the tour to cobble together a plot that connects the various musical numbers.From the point of view of plot and character, this is nothing to write home about. But as a record of one of the greats of the Big Band era in action, it is a valuable document, and certainly manages to entertain, if not much else.
As ever, both mono and new 2.0 stereo are available here. The surround dialogue problem is present, of course, and the stereo distribution of the music is similarly indiscriminate, but the overall effect is of a bigger, richer sound, and is quite pleasant.
The print is in fine shape. There is virtually no damage or grain, and the image is wonderfully sharp. The black and white tones are also terrific, with fine blacks, and no edge enhancement problems. This may not be a restored print, but it sure looks nice anyway.
Ann Rutherford and Fayard Nicholas (one of the featured dancers in the movie) treat the commentary as a trip down memory lane, and lament the passing of the Big Bands. It’s nice to hear these two veterans, but Nicholas’ habit of laughing every time he speaks is a bit much. The other extras are standard: still gallery and trailers. The menu is basic.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a classic, but it is a neat record of great musicians in action.