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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dalin Christiansen ...
Dallin Avery
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Papanickolas
Cynthia Jump ...
Margie Nelson
Josh Goodwin ...
Tommy
Natalie Hill ...
Singer #1
Alyson Breinholt ...
Georgie Baker
John Huntington ...
Hans
Ryan Healey ...
Porter Baker
David Jaster ...
Policeman
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Singer #2
Tom Nibley ...
Gordon Baker
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Bonnie Nelson
Mitch Lunak ...
Rufus
Ruth Margaret Nickerson ...
Emelda Avery
Bennie Moore ...
Nick (as Ben Moore)
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Things are not going well in the depression-era town of Castle Gate. Mr. Ribaldi, a mysterious rich man with a disfigured face and an abrasive personality, has just bought and moved into a long-vacant mansion. Bonnie, an adolescent girl who loves to sing, ends up working for Ribaldi so that her family can stay in their house. But Ribaldi is quite an accomplished musician himself, and he is soon giving Bonnie voice lessons. Meanwhile, local businesses are being shut down by foreclosures, and the townspeople suspect Ribaldi is responsible. Written by Joe McCauley <mccauley_je@lfs.loral.com>

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A musical fantasy ringing of truth and filled with mystery and love See more »

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Mr. Ribalidi's crest, a calligraphic R with a crown over it, can be seen many places: on Bonnie's music folder, the magic mirror, Ribaldi's porch bench where he and Porter talk, his record book (where he keeps track of who he gives checks to), and Ribaldi's iron fences. See more »

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During the scene discussing the difference between the hogs and bankers, the boom mic is clearly visible on the upper right hand side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: You dirty fat pigs!
Dallin Avery: [puts hand on Tommy's shoulder and grits teeth] Hi, Tommy.
Dallin Avery: I don't know what you boys were thinkin'. Them pigs are like people too. They just can't talk like you and me.
Tommy: Pigs are people too, huh, Pa? We just can't understand them?
Dallin Avery: Ye-... no!
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References Frankenstein (1910) See more »

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THE MELODY WITHIN
Lyrics by Michael McLean
Music by Kurt Bestor & Sam Cardon
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Probably my favorite movie ever.
24 June 1999 | by (Vallejo, CA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie probably about 50 times, and I love it so much! I quote it all the time to my friends and family, and it is just a wonderful story! I just wish that there was more of a biography on the actors/actresses, because they all did such a wonderful job! There are splendid characters in the story, and the movie is funny--and inspiring at the same time! If any of the actors see this page, you should fill in a little bit of a biography about everyone. It would be nice to know more about you.


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