90 Days of Oscar Nominees #44 – Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 44th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“That’s good. People talk too much anyway.” – Charlie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young musician must deal with the way his family looks at him when he chooses to play Jazz instead of Classical Music.

My Take on it – Once again, here is a film that doesn’t really make sense that they were able to get an Oscar Nomination for Best Picture.

The music in this film is quite good and there are some really catchy musical songs played and sung throughout yet the story itself is almost non-existent.

The characters and the actors aren’t very memorable but the music helps make it bearable and in some instances even enjoyable.

This film was also nominated for 5 other Oscars – Best Writing, Art Direction, Film Editing, Best Original Song and Best Musical Score which actually won (which is quite understandable since this film’s music is the best part of it all)

Bottom Line – Great music, but the story is almost totally insignificant.  None of the characters are memorable but some of the songs have some great catchy tunes.  This is yet another film that baffles me that it could get a nomination for best picture, let alone another 5 nominations.  Its win for Best Musical Score I can actually understand tho.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the first time that composer Irving Berlin had worked with Ethel Merman. He told her that he was so impressed with her talent that he would work with her again. He kept that promise and wrote two Broadway shows especially for her: “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1946 and “Call Me Madam” in 1950, the latter of which also starred Merman in the film adaptation: Call Me Madam (1953). Merman also later starred in a film that, like this one, was a cavalcade of Irving Berlin songs, There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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