STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940) B/W 120m dir: Busby Berkeley
w/Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra, June Preisser, William Tracy, Ann Shoemaker, Larry Nunn, George Lessey, Francis Pierlot, Harry McCrillis
From The Movie Guide: "Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, two of the great young stars of their day, team up in this musical comedy as a pair of high school students. Mary (Garland) works in the library after school, and Jimmy (Rooney) spends his free time practicing the drums. He wants to smack the skins in a dance band, but his widowed mother yearns for him to become a doctor. Jimmy and a bunch of his pals form an orchestra with the intention of entering a contest sponsored by big band 'King of Jazz' Paul Whiteman. ... Rooney and Garland deliver their usual energy-packed performances, but one unexpected scene is a standout: as Jimmy uses a bowl of fruit to illustrate an idea he has for a musical number, the fruit turns into little animated puppet models (masterminded by George Pal) that perform 'Do the Conga.' Also included is the big band classic 'Sing, Sing, Sing.'"
STRIKE UP THE BAND received an Oscar for Best Sound (Douglas Shearer) and was also nominated for Best Score (Georgie Stoll, Roger Edens) and Song ("Our Love Affair," music & lyrics by Arthur Freed & Roger Edens).