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A tribute to the Robert Mitchell Choir School of Hollywood, which trains talented young boys in the musical arts in addition to regular academic studies.


(as Irving Applebaum)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Themselves (as The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir)
Robert Mitchell ...
Himself (as Bob Mitchell)
Ken Carpenter ...


This Melody Masters short (WB number 6803) opens in the class room with Robert Mitchell leading the boys in several songs. The other half of the day has the boys, as members of a local Boy Scout troupe, hiking along singing some rousing renditions of some old traditional songs, and then participating in a wiener roast. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melody Masters 6803: Forty Boys and a Song  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included as an extra in Warner Home Video's 2007 DVD release of The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941). See more »

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The narrator credits Robert Mitchell as Bob Mitchell as he walks into the classroom. See more »


If You Would Like to Lose Your Blues
Written by Robert Mitchell and Betty Best
Sung offscreen by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir during the opening credits
Whistled by two students on the way to class
Reprised by the choir at the end
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Decent Short
31 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Forty Boys and a Song (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated short takes a look at The Robert Mitchell Boys Choir school, which was a non-profit school that would teach boys not only their school work but also music. The documentary short talks about what goes on at the school in terms of what is being taught but for the majority of the running time we get the boys singing. "Home on the Range" is probably the highlight of the music, which is pretty much all there is. There's really no sense of direction or style as the film is pretty laid back and straight forward. These boys would eventually be seen in Bing Crosby's GOING MY WAY, which is where most will remember them.

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