This lively and colorful biography of John Philip Sousa preserves the spirit of his music with entertaining verve. The film opens with Sousa (Clifton Webb) as leader of the Marine Corps band. He then leaves the military to form his own band, taking the group all over the world to perform.
One band member (Robert Wagner) helps create the Sousa legend by devising a giant horn he dubs the "Sousaphone." The plot is thin, but the film is full of energy, music, and color. The 1890s are faithfully re-created, including some wonderful period costumes. The cast gives the story everything it
needs to work, with Webb giving an engaging, eccentric performance. Based on Sousa's...