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Irma von Cube (screenplay) and
John Howard Lawson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 August 1939 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
Acteurism: Joel McCrea, An American Life
 (From MUBI. 5 June 2015, 11:18 AM, PDT)

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Homage To Heifetz See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jascha Heifetz ... Jascha Heifetz

Joel McCrea ... Peter

Andrea Leeds ... Ann Lawson
Gene Reynolds ... Frankie

Walter Brennan ... Professor Lawson

Terry Kilburn ... Limey

Porter Hall ... Flower
Walter Tetley ... Rocks
Chuck Stubbs ... Fever

Tommy Kelly ... Willie

Gale Sherwood ... Betty (as Jacqueline Nash)

Alfred Newman ... Musical Director
Mary Ruth ... Suzie

John St. Polis ... Davis
Alexander Schoenberg ... Menken (as Alexander Schonberg)

Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Miller
Arthur Hohl ... Miller

Paul Harvey ... Heifetz' Manager
Zero ... Sucker the Dog
Peter Meremblum ... Peter Meremblum
The California Junior Symphony Orchestra ... California Junior Symphy Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calvin Leslie
Effie Anderson ... Woman on Steps (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Woman in Alley Yelling for Police (uncredited)

Arthur Aylesworth ... Detective (uncredited)
Emanuel Bay ... Accompanist for 'Hora staccato' (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Man in Concert Audience (uncredited)
Richard Berres ... Cellist in Meremblum Orchestra (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Policeman at Police Station (uncredited)
Morris Boltuch ... Kid in Orchestra (uncredited)

Wade Boteler ... Bill - Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Raymond D. Bowman ... Violinist (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Willie's Mother (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Woman Angry at Husband Being Late (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Henry - Heifetz's Butler (uncredited)
Kaye Connor ... Girl in Orchestra (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... A Woman in Line (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... Pawn Broker (uncredited)
Alan Edwards ... Concertgoer Throwing Tickets Away (uncredited)
Virginia Ellis ... Violinist (uncredited)

Fern Emmett ... Woman on Steps (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Detective (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Policeman at Barney's Pool Room (uncredited)
Roger Imhof ... Michael - Deputy (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Mr. Morgam (uncredited)

Frank Jaquet ... Mr. Wallace (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Kelly (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Film Delivery Man (uncredited)
Maude Louis ... Woman in Line (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie ... Clarinetist in Orchestra (uncredited)

Diana Lynn ... Pianist (uncredited)

J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Chief (uncredited)

Louis Mason ... Deputy (uncredited)

Eric Mayne ... Man in Concert Audience (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Woman on Steps (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Policeman in Rain (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman in Auditorium (uncredited)
Edwina Pierse ... Violinist (uncredited)
Annette Ruderman ... Violinist (uncredited)
Theodore Saidenberg ... Heifetz's Accompanist (uncredited)

Wyndham Standing ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Paul Stanton ... Inspector Johnson (uncredited)
Elizabeth Valentine ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Police Chief's Aide (uncredited)
Bryant Washburn Jr. ... Usher in Carnegie Hall (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Film Delivery Man (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Betty's Mother (uncredited)
Mary Louise Zeyen ... Cellist in Orchestra (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
Irma von Cube (screenplay) (as Irmgard von Cube) and
John Howard Lawson (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Robert Riskin .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd (film editor)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (set decorations) (as Julie Heron)
Costume Design by
Jeanne Beakhurst (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director
Reginald Le Borg .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jack Reynolds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Neal .... sound recorder
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Rudolph Polk .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Alexander Steinert .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ragged Angels" - USA (reissue title)
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:S | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5396) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Diana Lynn.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Violin Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.64See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Homage To Heifetz, 25 July 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I think Samuel Goldwyn was trying to accomplish two things in this film. First the film is a homage to Jascha Heifetz, considered to be the best violin virtuoso of the past century. Secondly having brought to the screen the Dead End kids with his film of the same title and seeing them sign with Warner Brothers, he was trying to create a second gang of appealing urchins.

Though the film was good there certainly was no demand that the kids from this film be reteamed for another feature.

Leader of the gang is Gene Reynolds who at one time played the violin, but now leads a street gang of disreputable urchins. His stepfather, Arthur Hohl, breaks the violin his late father gave young Reynolds and threatens to send him to reform school over the feeble protests of his mother Marjorie Main.

Young Reynolds happens to stumble onto a music school run by the old music maestro himself, Walter Brennan and his daughter Andrea Leeds. They take him in, but they have their financial problems with a lot of creditors led by Porter Hall.

This film is mostly to be seen today because it's a chance for classical music lovers to see and hear Jascha Heifetz who as you gather is the solution one way or another to everybody's problems. Joel McCrea is in this film also, but has a rather colorless part as Andrea Leeds boyfriend.

Besides Heifetz, one thing the film does do is touch on, albeit gingerly on the topic of child abuse and battered spouses. Arthur Hohl is one mean man and Marjorie Main is very clearly a much battered wife.

The kids in the cast do well, Reynolds, Tommy Kelly, Terry Kilburn and a young girl under the name of Jacqueline Nash who grew up and performed as Gale Sherwood, nightclub partner to Nelson Eddy. She had a nice soprano even as a child.

But it's Heifetz you see the show for.

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