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We Must Have Music (1942)

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This short opens with Judy Garland singing, and dancing to, the title song. A short history of movie music is presented, from silent films accompanied by a single piano, to the elaborate ... See full summary »
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This short opens with Judy Garland singing, and dancing to, the title song. A short history of movie music is presented, from silent films accompanied by a single piano, to the elaborate song scores for musicals (with scenes from MGM's musicals) and background music for dramas. Conductor/composer Herbert Stothart conducts the MGM studio orchestra recording the score for The Chocolate Soldier (1941). Busby Berkeley directs a rehearsal of the "Hoedown" number from Babes on Broadway (1941). The film ends with Risë Stevens singing "America the Beautiful." Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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A pair of songs deleted from two MGM musicals are featured in this short subject: a portion of "We Must Have Music" (music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Gus Kahn), sung and danced by Judy Garland, and cut from Ziegfeld Girl (1941); and "America the Beautiful" (music by Samuel A. Ward, lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates), sung by Risë Stevens, and removed from The Chocolate Soldier (1941). See more »

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References Woman of the Year (1942) See more »

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We Must Have Music
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Judy Garland
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Nice for the Garland Scene
10 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

We Must Have Music (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fans of MGM Musicals will certainly want to check this one out. It starts off with Judy Garland singing the title track, which is actually a cut scene from ZIEGFELD GIRL. We are then shown an old-time theater where silent pictures were shown with a man at a piano doing the score. After this we pretty much get MGM telling themselves how great they are by showing clips from THE Broadway MELODY, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, BORN TO DANCE, BABES IN ARMS and many more of their hit Musicals. You pretty much have the idea of what this 9-minute short does. As I said, if you're a fan of MGM and their best genre then you're going to enjoy seeing the clips but those who are unfamiliar with the actual films would probably be best adviced to seek out the full movies. It was nice getting to see the Garland footage even though it has been shown in movies since this one.


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