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Boogie-woogie band-leader Ted Barry is outside the pearly gates. Because of Ted's musical background, the gatekeeper points him in the direction of the Hall of Music section, where he is escorted by an angel named Joy, who is in awe of Ted and his musical abilities. Before Ted can enter heaven, he must pass the approval of the Hall of Music's judiciary, which is comprised of who are considered the best ever composers and musicians, led by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ted, with Joy as his supporter, gets into a heated discussion with the judiciary panel about the merits or not of his style of music, especially if there is any originality to it compared to the classics. Beyond these initial disagreements, Ted will have to pass the final test - composing an original piece of music in ten minutes - which may make all their previous discussion moot. Written by
Tchaikovsky scolds Ted for having used one of his melodies and then says to the Official Recorder to let him "know when that Freddie Martin checks in here (Heaven)". Freddie Martin's biggest hit was "Tonight We Love" in 1941, which heavily borrowed from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto Number 1 in B-flat Minor. It was such a big hit that Martin began to incorporate melodies from the classics in follow-up songs. See more »
(The Opening Disclaimer is sung by an off-screen chorus) Dear Audience: In pictures that You've seen from time to time You've been to every country, and You've sampled every clime; You've roamed the jungles- Climbed the Alps You've sailed the seas (all seven) You've even been to Brooklyn Now, we're taking you to... [HEAVEN]" See more »
This short film is included as a special feature with the Judy Garland film "Introducing Lily Mars". Like so many MGM releases, a couple of shorts that debuted the same year as the feature are included--this one and a cartoon.
Aside from Eric Blore (who is wonderful as always), the actors and actresses in this one are minor MGM actors who are pretty much unknowns today. The idea back then was to try out short films with potential stars and give them a chance to show their stuff. While Frederick Brady sang nicely, apparently he didn't connect with the audiences and mostly played minor roles during his career.
The film begins in Heaven. Brady stands before the pearly gates and is met by Blore. He is then introduced to some very famous composers like Tchaikovsky and Beethoven--as Brady is a musician himself. They want him to sing--and when he does, it doesn't seem like the singing is coming from him (he could have improved his lip syncing a bit). The old time composers are angered, as they hear parts of their music in Brady's compositions--and he then goes on to say that ALL music bears similarities to each other--as the room breaks into an argument. Can they work out their differences and let him join their ranks? How about if a cute angel helps give him inspiration? Overall, this is a decent time-passer. While it's chock full of music, the plot makes it more palatable. Plus although he has trouble keeping his lips in sync, Brady did have a lovely voice.
By the way, if this is Heaven, why does Beethoven STILL have a problem with deafness? Can't they fix something like that?!
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