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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Frederick Brady ...
Ted Barry (as Fred Brady)
Mary Elliott ...
Joy
Eric Blore ...
Mr. Frisbie - Public Relations
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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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 »

Connections

Version of It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939) See more »

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Help Yourself to Romance
Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Frederick Brady
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Silly, but kind of cute
24 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oscar winner for Best Short Subject of 1943.

A composer tries to get admitted to the Hall of Music in Heaven. He has to convince some of the world's greatest dead composers that he's worthy. This leads to "humorous" talks and interplay among the composers. The songs and music are the only reasons to see this short. The acting is pretty bad and the humor is very lame. Still, it's kind of fun (in a silly way) and it's only 22 minutes. Worth catching.


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