Upbeat in Music

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Upbeat in Music
Upbeat in Music Glenn Miller 1943.jpg
Lobby card featuring Glenn Miller
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 30, 1943 (1943-11-30)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States

Upbeat in Music is a 1943 short film produced as part of The March of Time series distributed theatrically by 20th Century Fox. [1] The film has significant history as being early film appearances of Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. The film also features footage of Glenn Miller in uniform as a captain in the United States Army Air Forces leading the U.S. Army Training Command Band.


The March of Time series

Episodes in the series were issued every four weeks. The documentary was produced by the editors of Time. Upbeat in Music was Issue No. 5, Volume 10 in the series. 20th Century Fox released lobby cards to promote the documentary.

20th Century Fox described the Upbeat in Music episode from 1943 as follows: "'Upbeat in Music'. Music for victory ... symphony or jazz. Elman or Ellington, Koussevitzky, Como, Gershwin, Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bea Wain and many others ... your favorite artists are seen giving their talents to build morale in a star-studded story of music at war."

HBO Archives presented a synopsis of the documentary: "Upbeat in Music – (Volume 10, Episode 5) – December 1943 SYNOPSIS: Music for military, brief Glenn Miller in uniform, V-discs, 'Hip Kits', many big names playing, singing, composing. Runs 16:53." [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Synopsis" (PDF). The March of Time Newsreels. HBO Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-04.