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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.



(screenplay) (as Irmgard von Cube), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Lawson
Gene Reynolds ...
Professor Lawson
Terry Kilburn ...
Walter Tetley ...
Chuck Stubbs ...
Gale Sherwood ...
Betty (as Jacqueline Nash)
Alfred Newman ...
Musical Director
Mary Ruth ...
John St. Polis ...
Alexander Schoenberg ...
Menken (as Alexander Schonberg)


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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Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ragged Angels  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Reynolds, who plays Frankie, would go on to a successful career as a TV producer and director, most notably of M*A*S*H (1972). See more »


The movie was spliced together from many takes, so there are numerous continuity holes, especially during the performaces. See more »


Andante cantabile
from "String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11" (1871) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score during the opening credits
Reprised a bit by Gene Reynolds (violin)
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Another uncredited and unmentioned cast member?
25 June 2007 | by (East Rockaway, NY) – See all my reviews

I caught a clip of this film with Heifetz's performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on YouTube - which was phenomenal. Watching the performance from the wings with Andrea Leeds was an actor who looks exactly like Frank McHugh (with mustache), but there's no mention of him in the cast, or of this appearance on his biography page. I assume he was an extra even though he was rather prominent in this single(?), non-speaking appearance in the film. Can anyone confirm if it was him, one way or the other?

Does anyone know if this movie is available on VHS or DVD? I remember seeing it, I believe, on TV, but I'm not certain as to whether I watched a clip of it in a documentary biography of Heifetz, or saw the film, itself.

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