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Music for Millions (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 18 December 1944 (USA)
Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writer:

Myles Connolly (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret O'Brien ... 'Mike'
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi
June Allyson ... Barbara Ainsworth
Jimmy Durante ... Andrews
Marsha Hunt ... Rosalind
Hugh Herbert ... Uncle Ferdinand
Harry Davenport ... Doctor
Marie Wilson ... Marie
Larry Adler ... Larry
Ben Lessy ... Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist ... Travelers Aid Woman
Katharine Balfour Katharine Balfour ... Elsa
Helen Gilbert ... Helen
Mary Parker ... Anita
Madeleine Lebeau ... Jane (as Madeleine LeBeau)
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Storyline

"Mike" goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in Iturbi's orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs' fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram, to protect the baby. Written by Kathy Li

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Warm, Tender Romance! Deep, Lasting Faith! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Musik für Millionen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The member of the band at the Army base who breaks up Jimmy Durante's performance of "Umbriago" by singing in front of the microphone is Eddie Jackson (ne Edward Jacobs), Durante's long time partner in the night-club team of Clayton, Jackson and Durante. The trio performed for years on vaudeville and at New York's Club Durant (sic) but it was the bottom-billed Jimmy who became the star. Lou Clayton, who gave up show business to manage his partner's career, made Jimmy a millionaire. See more »

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Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Clair de Lune
(1890) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Debussy
Performed by Larry Adler on harmonica
Also performed by José Iturbi on piano
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Music for Millions: delightful film for entire family
7 October 2006 | by marshaktSee all my reviews

The music is worth the viewing of this WWII film. Jose Iturbi performs some classic pieces as only he could do. This movie gives a slice of life from a different era. Some of the funniest scenes are between Jimmy Durante and Margaret O'Brien. June Allyson's scenes with Marsha Hunt compel even the most cynical person to tears. Seeing tiny June Allyson playing the huge double bass (not the cello) has its own kind of humor, and interestingly, the main character of the movie doesn't appear on screen! But it is the music that makes the film so sweet and memorable. The music is as much a part of the story as the characters. It was a time of innocence and sweetness that June Allyson and Margaret O'Brien capture so perfectly. They don't make movies like this any more.


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