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They Shall Have Music (1939)

Passed | | Music, Drama, Family | 18 August 1939 (USA)
A boy runs away from home and ends up at a music school for poor children. When the school suffers hard times, he enlists the aid of violinist Heifetz to save the day.

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Peter
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Ann Lawson
Gene Reynolds ...
Frankie
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Professor Lawson
Terry Kilburn ...
Limey
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Flower
Walter Tetley ...
Rocks
Chuck Stubbs ...
Fever
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Willie
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Betty (as Jacqueline Nash)
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Musical Director
Mary Ruth ...
Suzie
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Davis
Alexander Schoenberg ...
Menken (as Alexander Schonberg)
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Storyline

A boy from the streets of New York finds music tickets to a Heifetz concert, which rekindles his earlier interest in the violin. He subsequently runs away from home and happens across a music school for children (played by members of the Peter Meremblum California Youth Symphony Orchestra). He is taken in by kindly Professor Lawson, the head of the school and resumes violin study while sleeping in the basement of the school. Despite the best efforts of Peter and Ann to raise money, the school is about to be foreclosed upon by Flower and associates. The kids in the school, led by Frankie, try to raise money themselves, and run across Heifetz in the process. After many more well-trodden cinematic paths have been navigated, Heifetz finally is convinced to sponsor the school. Written by Butch <butch@unix.mclv.net>

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Music | Drama | Family

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18 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Ragged Angels  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of the few films in which conductor Alfred Newman actually makes an on-screen appearance. See more »

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Throughout the picture, the kids in the orchestra are caught looking into the camera or eyeing it sideways, licking their lips, fidgeting, etc. See more »

Soundtracks

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
(1863) (uncredited)
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Played by Jascha Heifetz (violin) with an orchestra conducted by Alfred Newman
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Pleasant fiction with great music!
1 March 2000 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana USA) – See all my reviews

A bright youngster interested in "serious" music (admittedly a vanishing breed--who'll play the fiddle when no one can play the violin??"--could find this an interesting fiction about street kids and great musical stars. Heifitz was indeed the greatest violinist of his generation and the film gives him a rare on-screen chance to display his technique. The kids, especially Gene Reynolds, are fine and, all in all, the pic is a good example of first-rate studio family fare of the late 30's. It doesn't hit the top of the great '39 list, but it's a nice way for an intelligent family to spend a rainy afternoon with AMC or the Video Store--- good luck at Blockbuster!!!!


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