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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 ...
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 and His 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:

Vamos Compor Música  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fight on for Newton High
Written by Roy Webb, Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
Played on piano and sung by Elisabeth Risdon
Reprised on piano by Donna Jean Dolfer with Elisabeth Risdon singing
Reprised by Bob Crosby and His Orchestra and sung by Elisabeth Risdon, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
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A B-Movie for Jazz Lovers and Literature Professors
16 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nathaniel West, author of Day of the Locust and Miss Loneleyhearts, also wrote for the movies. At first blush, a movie featuring Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) and his popular jazz orchestra, would seem unlikely.

But this film is no embarrassment for the screenwriter, as the script is surprisingly subtle, and not full of the usual loud, bad comedy (see any Kay Kaiser film) that you see in movies that feature big bands. Instead, this is the tale of an old maid schoolteacher -- approaching 60 -- who knows painfully well she is boring her students, but is just not ready to hang up th towel. At the advice of her beautiful (but not really very kind) niece, she writes a fight song for her school, which, through a series of old movie devices, becomes a novelty hit for Bob Crosby & His Orchestra. The movie takes on the topic -- how will the schoolmarm deal with the success of her tune, and how will she handle things when the tune falls out of favor? The ending, while sentimental, fits the material.

Bob Crosby plays Bob Crosby, bandleader, just fine. He's no worse than Bing in his early movies. The music, while OK, does not real justice to the Bob Crosby orchestra. The three featured tunes are production numbers, with changes in tone, tempo, and emphasis, that do not feature much of the dixieland-tinged swing that made this band different than all of the others of the 30s-40s. (Big Noise from Winnetka -- the second big number -- was originally a novelty number jammed by the bass player and the drummer for two-and-a half minutes. In the movie, we have a little bit of the drum/bass byplay, full orchestra, the pretty girl trio singing a chorus, Bob Crosby singing a chorus.) If you want to get an idea of how this band sounded on most of its records, catch some of the non-featured songs being played by the band during the night-club scene.

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