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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

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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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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

Producer Joseph Pasternak wanted to fire Larry Adler after hearing a lesser-skilled harmonica player and assuming all of them sounded alike. Director Henry Koster interceded on Adler's behalf, and the musician stayed in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto in A Minor
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Performed by José Iturbi and Orchestra
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Better named, "Hope for Millions"!
25 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw "Music for Millions" right before Memorial Day. This beautiful WWII movie must have been a wonderful gift of hope to American G.I. wives and sweethearts. It leaves nothing unsaid about the powerlessness and fear many of these women must have felt. Yet it is also an inspiring testimonial about hope. Hope, prayer, and faith as embodied by one tenacious six-year old girl.

Although you'll cry aplenty, this is more than a '4-hankie' drama. Jimmy Durante, with his famous 'snozzoola' and comic skits, provides a wonderfully humorous contrast to the inspiring classical concertos played by the world-renown Jose Iturbi. You'll be left breathless while the famous conductor/pianist fills the air with the incredibly beautiful music of his mostly female orchestra, bringing a different kind of hope and joy to our boys in uniform.

This movie is an absolute MUST!


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