The older I get (I'm now 61) the more I realize that no other actor can do all of the things that Mickey has done in acting. Not only can he act in comedy and dramas but he could play the piano and drums while singing and dancing with the best of them. Plus, like most actors of his generation he was very patriotic with his country when he joined the army during WWII at the time when his popularity was at its highest. Mickey, you're the greatest.
STRIKE UP THE BAND: Mickey and Judy once again put on a show--sort of. The premise is that Mickey takes over the high school band and turns it into a dance band. They do put on an old fashioned melodrama to raise money so that they can get the band to Chicago to compete in a contest being sponsored by band leader Paul Whiteman (playing himself). Lots of charm, lots of singing and dancing, and a better-than-average, mostly original score penned primarily by Roger Edens. The "La Conga" number is Busby Berkeley at his dizzying best.