Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Forever

Clifton Webb
Director: Henry Koster Cast: Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
, Debra Paget
Debra Paget
, Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner
Henry Koster




Stars and Stripes Forever is the highly fanciful filmed biography of "march king" John Philip Sousa. Clifton Webb does a fine job as Sousa, while Ruth Hussey is equally good in the less-demanding role of Sousa's wife. The problem faced by screenwriter Lamar Trotti (who adapted the film from Sousa's autobiography Marching Along) was that, outside of Sousa's early travails in organizing his own band after leaving the Marine Corps, there just wasn't much drama in the great composer's life. Thus, a secondary (and wholly fictional) romance involving young musician Willie (Robert Wagner) and ex-chorus girl Lily (Debra Paget) is given special emphasis. Willie invents the Sousaphone on behalf of his mentor, and upon returning from the Spanish American War minus one of his legs, Willie makes an inspirational solo appearance with the Sousa band. The best scenes include Sousa's ongoing efforts to break free from the "march king" onus and write romantic ballads, and Lily's high-kicking rendition of the music-hall ballad "Father's Got 'Em." When first telecast on NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies in 1962, Stars and Stripes Forever was accompanied by a short newsreel clip of the real John Philip Sousa in action.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2011
UPC: 0024543771838
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:29:00

Special Features

Disc 1 - From Our National March To The Silver Screen; John Philip Sousa's Contribution To American Music; Pressbook, Advertising and Still Galleries; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Disc 2 - DVD; Stars And Stripes Forever; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifton Webb John Philip Sousa
Debra Paget Lily
Robert Wagner Willie Little
Ruth Hussey Jennie Sousa
Finlay Currie Col. Randolph
Roy Roberts Maj. Houston
Benay Venuta Mme. Bernsdorff-Mueller
Lester Matthews Mr. Pickering
Maudie Prickett Maid
Erno Verebes Organ Grinder
Richard Garrick Secretary of the Navy
Romo Vincent Music Professor
Florence Shirley Navy Nurse
Delos Jewkes Bass Singer
Norman Leavitt Purvis
Roy Gordon President Benjamin Harrison
Helen Van Tuyl Mrs. Harrison
Walter Woolf King President's Aide
Roger Moore President's Aides
Thomas E. Jackson Senator
Maude Wallace Nora
William Vedder Prof. Estaban
Olan Soule Glove Salesman
Aileen Carlyle Mme. Liebling
Paul Maxey Mr. McCaull
Frank Ferguson Actor
Thomas Brown Henry David Blakely
Jack Rice Actor
Nicholas Koster John Philip Sousa, Jr.

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Nick Castle Choreography
James B. Clark Editor
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Eli Dunn Asst. Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Lamar Trotti Producer,Screenwriter
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Al White Choreography
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stars And Stripes Forever
1. Main Titles/Gloves [:00]
2. Private Little [:00]
3. New Ballad [:00]
4. Concert Invitation [:00]
5. Den of Iniquity [:00]
6. Private Performance [:00]
7. Semper Fidelis [:00]
8. Leaving the Corps [:00]
9. Auditions [:00]
10. Sousa's Band [:00]
11. The March King [:00]
12. Lily Seeks Advice [:00]
13. The Two-Step [:00]
14. Look the Other Way [:00]
15. Southern Hospitality [:00]
16. Battle Hymn of the Republic [:00]
17. A Household Name [:00]
18. When It's Springtime in New York [:00]
19. War [:00]
20. Inspiration [:00]
21. A Letter from Willie [:00]
22. Home From the War [:00]
23. Stars and Stripes Forever [:00]
24. Dedicated to Our Men [:00]

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