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Music in My Heart (1940)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 10 January 1940 (USA)
Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, ... See full summary »

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Robert Gregory
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Patricia O'Malley
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Mary
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra ...
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Charles Gardner
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Griggs
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Mark C. Gilman
George Humbert ...
Luigi
Joey Ray ...
Miller
Don Brodie ...
Taxi Driver
Julietta Novis ...
Leading Lady (as Julieta Novis)
Eddie Kane ...
Blake
Phil Tead ...
Marshall
Marten Lamont ...
Barrett
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Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, the two meet and fall for each other, but will lose their chance at happiness unless destiny calls. Written by Anthony Federio

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10 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Passport to Happiness  »

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Andre Kostelanetz and His Music is credited in the opening set of credits, but not in the comprehensive second set. The IMDb cast ordering therefore uses the first set of credits and fills in the rest with the second set. See more »

Connections

References Invisible Enemy (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh What a Lovely Dream
(1939)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Monkey business
23 October 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Music In My Heart was another step up the ladder in the career of Rita Hayworth to when she became the number one sex goddess of the American cinema. For this one, Harry Cohn borrowed Tony Martin from Darryl Zanuck at Fox for her leading man. The song writing team of Robert Wright and Chet Forrest wrote some nice songs for Martin, one of which, It's a Blue World was nominated for an Oscar in 1940.

Tony Martin is an actor/understudy who gets his first break on Broadway just as he's being deported. In full costume as a Ruritanian guardsman, he jumps in a cab. The cab is racing to the Hudson river pier when it collides with another cab in a fender bender. Who should be in that cab, but Rita Hayworth (Martin, you lucky dog). She's racing to the pier to be with Alan Mowbray, a millionaire she's planning to marry.

I think everyone can guess the rest. That's what it was like in Hollywood back then, silly plots, but oh so charmingly presented.

The supporting cast was pretty good for a B film. Alan Mowbray and Eric Blore as the millionaire and his factotum butler have some very funny moments. So does George Tobias as a phony Russian aristocrat.

In his joint memoirs with wife Cyd Charisse, Martin describes a hilarious incident while shooting this. Martin has a song Punchinello to sing to an organ grinder's monkey named same. The monkey had a mind of his own and started up to the roof of the sound stage and wouldn't come down. Martin says Harry Cohn went into an apoplectic rage over this and got no sympathy from his human employees who enjoyed seeing this monkey make a monkey out of Cohn while costing him thousands of dollars while cast and crew sat around getting paid by the hour.

A nice enjoyable film and a step up in the career ladder of Margaret Carmen Cansino.


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