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The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold Stokowski to lead them in a concert that leads to a radio contract. Written by
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Leopold Stokowski recorded the classical music in the film at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, using the Philadelphia Orchestra (of which he was still principal guest conductor), on a multi-channel sound system, the first time one was ever used to record music in a film. The musicians seen in the film, however, were L.A.-based players doing what was called "sideline" (seen but not heard, merely miming to a prerecorded soundtrack played by others). See more »
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[Having just had Frost light a cigarette for him only to have it explode in his mouth]
When are you going to stop playing these cheap childish tricks on me?
John R. Frost:
The day you stop playing them on me.
Well, at least mine are funny, and new!
John R. Frost:
Oh, yeah? Well, mine work.
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I haven't seen this in about 17 years to be honest, but my memories of it are quite clear-take a great singing actress-Durbin, throw in a fine supporting cast of Mejou, Auer, Stowkowski, Pallette, and a 'we made a band and saved the day' type of plot, and you get a very fine movie.
I remember it as being well produced, joyfull to watch, Durbin's voice was terrific and her presence onscreen like no one else's. It's weird that you don't hear about her much nowadays-she was that good.
So-fond memories will have to do here---
I give it ***1/2 outta ****. If you like Capra, you will prob. like this one.
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