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Mr. Music (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 December 1950 (USA)
A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.

Director:

Richard Haydn

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (suggested by play "Accent on Youth"), Arthur Sheekman (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Paul Merrick
Nancy Olson ... Katherine Holbrook
Charles Coburn ... Alex Conway
Ruth Hussey ... Lorna Marvis
Robert Stack ... Jefferson Blake
Tom Ewell ... Haggerty
Ida Moore ... Aunt Amy
Charles Kemper ... Mr. Danforth
Donald Woods ... Tippy Carpenter
Richard Haydn ... Jerome Thisbee (as Claud Curdle)
Marge Champion ... Marge Champion
Gower Champion ... Gower Champion
Groucho Marx ... Groucho Marx
Dorothy Kirsten ... Dorothy Kirsten
Peggy Lee ... Peggy Lee
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Storyline

Paul Merrick, a writer of hit musicals, prefers to lie in the sun or play golf. He does so until he goes broke and asks to borrow a large sum of money, against future earnings, from his producer, Alex Conway. They are invited to a university, Paul's alma mater, to see a college production that is using some of Paul's music, and meet Katherine Holbrook, a student. Alex makes out the loan-money check to Katherine and hires her as Paul's secretary with instructions to give him only so much money per week after he starts to work on a new show. Complications arise when Paul meets Lorna Marvis, a society woman whose company is more expensive than the allowance Katherine is doling out to him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Secretária Ideal See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby (b.1903) was twenty-five years older than his co-star Nancy Olson (b.1928). See more »

Quotes

Paul Merrick: Gee, thanks a lot for showing. There's nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you.
Groucho Marx: There's nothing I wouldn't do for you. That makes two of us who do nothing for each other.
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Connections

Featured in Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is So Peculiar
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee, and danced by Marge and Gower Champion. Reprised by The Merry Macs, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx
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A bit better than the later Gable picture....
17 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Paul Merrick (Bing Crosby) is a composer whose best years seem behind him. Since his last big Broadway success, he's done everything but compose more music and his producer (Charles Coburn) is getting tired of waiting. In desperation, he hires a young lady (Nancy Olson) to be his secretary and task master! The arrangement works marvelously...but in the process she finds herself falling for Merrick.

"Mr. Music" was remade at the end of the decade and had Clark Gable falling for a significantly younger Carol Baker. This film was pleasant but a letdown for Gable...and a lot of it was the lack of chemistry between them and it just seemed difficult to see the young lady falling for him. In "Mr. Music", although there also is the age difference, Bing Crosby is so charming that the romance, though a bit forced, does work better. It also helped having a few nice cameos--Peggy Lee and Groucho in particular. Overall, a pleasant little film...nothing super special but a nice time-passer.


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