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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 Two-Faced Woman (1941) See more »

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We Must Have Music was an interesting promotional short for M-G-M especially when viewing some of the cut scenes from their movies
29 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This was basically a promotional short for the M-G-M musicals but there are some treats like Judy Garland's cut title number from Ziegfeld Girl, Rise Stevens' rendition of "America the Beautiful" cut from The Chocolate Soldier, Herbert Stothart conducting the score from said film, and Busby Berkeley choreographing the "Hoedown" number in Babes on Broadway. There's also scenes of the various studio musicals and, to really fill time just as I'm filling for number of lines in this review, pages of the studio movie titles along with the stars and the conductors with a check attached to each name of those latter occupation at the bottom of the papers. So on that note, We Must Have Music is worth a look for you're so inclined. It's an extra on the Ziegfeld Girl DVD.


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