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Heavenly Music (1943)

Passed | | Short, Fantasy, Music | 1 May 1943 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Frederick Brady ...
Ted Barry (as Fred Brady)
Mary Elliott ...
Joy
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Steven Geray ...
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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 Huggo

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Short | Fantasy | Music

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1 May 1943 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Crazy Credits

(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 »

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Version of Tchaikovsky: 'Fortune and Tragedy' (2007) See more »

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Heavenly Music
Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Frederick Brady
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Worth watching for the music and Eric Blore

This short won the Oscar for 2-reelers and its understandable. The concept is a trifle cute but the music is worth the price of admission and Eric Blore (familiar to anyone who's watched just about any Astaire and Rogers film) does a marvelous job here. Entertaining, if lightweight and well-executed for the most part. Turner Classic Movies runs this occasionally as filler and runs it in March as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" festival. Recommended.


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