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Let's Make Music (1941)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Bob Crosby ...
Jean Rogers ...
Abby Adams
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Malvina Adams
Joseph Buloff ...
Joe Bellah
Benny Bartlett ...
Tommy (as Bennie Bartlett)
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Mr. Stevens
Bill Goodwin ...
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Botts
Grant Withers ...
Walter Tetley ...
Benny Rubin ...
Music Publisher
Gale Sherwood ...
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 <>

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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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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Big Noise from Winnetka
Written by Ben Pollack, Bob Haggart, Ray Bauduc and Bob Crosby
Played by Bob Crosby Orchestra
Sung by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats; whistled by Bob Haggart
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Hackneyed plot but with some good music.
2 October 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The plot was a bit tedious and unbelievable, but there was one musical number that made watching this movie worthwhile. The song "The Big Noise from Winnetka" was a big hit at the time it was recorded by Bob Crosby and to see it performed by him and orchestra was a big treat. Ray Bauduc was the drummer and Bob Haggart was on bass (both were co-composers of the song along with Crosby) and it winds up as sort of a duet with Bauduc and Haggart. The multi-talented Haggart whistles the tune between his teeth and fingers the bass violin while Bauduc uses his drumstick on the bass violin to make the music. A very enjoyable piece to listen to and watch, and it will surely be appreciated by lovers of the big band era, swing or jazz.

I was a bit confused at the credits calling Crosby's quartet of singers "The Bobcats" while Crosby himself always refers to them as "The Bobalinks." I wonder what that was all about.

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