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Music for Millions (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 18 December 1944 (USA)
Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Mike'
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Barbara Ainsworth
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Andrews
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Rosalind
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Uncle Ferdinand
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Doctor
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Marie
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Larry
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Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist ...
Travelers Aid Woman
Katharine Balfour ...
Elsa
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Helen
Mary Parker ...
Anita
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Jane (as Madeleine LeBeau)
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Storyline

"Mike" goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in Iturbi's orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs' fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram, to protect the baby. Written by Kathy Li

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Warm, Tender Romance! Deep, Lasting Faith!

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »
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18 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Musik für Millionen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene in which June Allyson and Margaret O'Brien were supposed to cry to harmonica player Larry Adler's rendition of "Clair de Lune," the six year-old star asked director Henry Koster, "Shall I let the tears run all the way down my face, or shall I stop then halfway down?" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Toscanini, Iturbi and Me
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Spina, Walter Bullock and Jimmy Durante
Played on piano and sung by Jimmy Durante
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Poor title, fine teary melodrama of WW II wives who wait.

This is an unusual WW II film but it's quality all the way. June Allyson plays cello in Jose Iturbi's orchestra. She is pregnant and as the orchestra tours, her fellow girlfriend orchestra members try to keep the news from her that her husband is missing and reported lost. It's a real tear-jerker but one filled with hope. Margaret O'Brien is her usual earnest and precocious self as the star of the film, believing in just about everything good and in people foremost. Marsha Hunt (looking for all the world like a very young Rita Moreno) does a fine job heading the supporting cast of protective girlfriends. Very worth a watch. Oscar nominated for Original Screenplay but also deserved a nod for Scoring.


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