Carnegie Hall (1947)

Approved  |   |  Music, Drama  |  28 February 1947 (USA)
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A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall but, when grown, the son prefers to play with Vaughan Monroe's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Tony Salerno Sr. (as Hans Yaray)
Olin Downes ...
Joseph Buloff ...
Anton Tribik
Walter Damrosch ...
Walkter Damrosch
Bruno Walter ...
Lily Pons
Gregor Piatigorsky ...
Gregor Paitigorsky
Risë Stevens ...
Risë Stevens
Artur Rodzinski ...
Artur Rodzinski
Artur Rubinstein ...
Jan Peerce ...
Jan Peerce


A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall but, when grown, the son prefers to play with Vaughan Monroe's orchestra. But Mama's wishes prevail and the son appears at Carnegie Hall as the composer-conductor-pianist of a modern horn concerto, with Harry James as the soloist. Frank McHugh is along as a Carnegie Hall porter and doorman, and Martha O'Driscoll is a singer who provides the love interest for Prince. Meanwhile and between while a brigade of classical music names from the 1940's (and earlier and later)appear; the conductors Walter Damrosch, Bruno Walter, Artur Rodzinski, Fritz Reiner and Leopold Stokowski; singers Rise Stevens, Lily Pons, Jan Peerce and Ezio Pinza, plus pianist Arthur Rubinstein, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and violinist Jascha Heifetz. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

28 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Catedral da Música  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Martha O'Driscoll. See more »


Johns arrives on stage for rehearsal and is introduced to Ruth who is standing opposite of him with the piano in between. Close up of Ruth's face shows her looking to her left as she speaks to John who is center to her. See more »


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Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes)
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THE classical movie
27 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Long before Carnegie Hall came to the big screen, modern swing music arrived there with Benny Goodman and his clarinet with that famous concert in the late Thirties. So the idea behind the film was already quite dated.

But the rather hokey plot of this film only serves as a frame for numbers by more classical artists than ever gathered on one movie at the same time. If you love classical music and the great artists who are no longer with us from the past than this is your movie and no review good or bad will have anything to do with whether you see it or not.

Such as it is the story revolves around Marsha Hunt whose mother was a charwoman at Carnegie Hall and she started there as well and worked her way up to part of the management. She married and had a son who grew up to be William Prince who listening to the greatest classical artists around got a real musical education. But all Prince wants to do is play piano with Vaughn Monroe.

Without giving too much away, let's say that the education was not in vain after all.

With people like Walter Damrosch and Leopold Stakowski conducting symphonies and such artists as Lily Pons, Rise Stevens, Jan Peerce and my favorite Ezio Pinza on the screen, if you're a classical music fan this movie is a must for you. The story is easy to take as well and there's a nice performance by Frank McHugh as Carnegie Hall's eternal doorman.

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