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Let's Make Music (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 17 January 1941 (USA)
With the size of her classes dwindling each year, Newton High music teacher Malvina Adams is asked to retire. Trying to prove she's still got it, she composes a school fight song which ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abby Adams
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Malvina Adams
Joseph Buloff ...
Joe Bellah
Benny Bartlett ...
Tommy (as Bennie Bartlett)
Mr. Stevens
Mr. Botts
Walter Tetley ...
Music Publisher
High School Singer (as Jacqueline Nash)
Donna Jean Dolfer ...
Bob Crosby Orchestra ...
The Bobcats (as Bob Crosby's Orchestra)


With the size of her classes dwindling each year, Newton High music teacher Malvina Adams is asked to retire. Trying to prove she's still got it, she composes a school fight song which finds its way into the hands of bandleader Bob Crosby who turns it into an overnight hit. Over the protestations of her stuffy niece Abby, Malvina travels to New York and performs her song with Bob's band and becomes even more popular. The newness of the song fades quickly though, and, faced with becoming a flash-in-the-pan, Malvina tries to write one last hit song before giving up and returning to Newton. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

17 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hagamos música  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Central Park
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Matty Malneck
Played on piano by Jean Rogers and sung by Bob Crosby
Reprised at school with Donna Jean Dolfer on piano and sung by Gale Sherwood and the students
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Aunt Malvina finds her groove.
18 October 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Here's a swing musical with a 65 year old woman as the main character! There are some excellent big band numbers courtesy of Bob Crosby and his Bobcats or Bobalinks (as HE says anyway) and the usual excellent RKO production qualities. Dear Aunt Malvina writes a college fight song which ends up on the radio hit parade in a different tempo with added 1941 style bop and shuffle. It is generally a lovely film If I can say that without sounding twee, because it ultimately has a lot to say about a good and talented woman too long in conservative isolation (and corralled by her drone niece) who really enjoys freeing up her music and her self. Grannies who saw this on first release would have been inspired to do the same! The two main numbers are strong and the first one has a dynamite 60 secs of aerial jitterbug. The main showpiece is the hit parade link "Big Noise From Winnetka" which is really as much a novelty song as the "fight song from Newton High" that Mulvina writes. The film is about the fleeting fame that novelty songs allow and the crash that comes if one is not aware. The scene where Malvina has the curtain dropped on her is especially fascinating as it appears to be filmed on one of either Keith or Orpheum's old theaters (that were wired for sound, dearie) in the amalgamation that came in forming R-K-O with the Radio Corp in 1928 to create this monopoly entertainment giant. Lets Make Music indeed. Malvina did and so did Bob; and if you have the chance to enjoy this gimmick musical you will smile as I did and marvel at the generosity of spirit this simple but honest musical allows. Charming...with groove and swing!

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