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Music in My Heart (1940)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 10 January 1940 (USA)
Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, ... See full summary »


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James Edward Grant (original story), James Edward Grant (screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Tony Martin ... Robert Gregory
Rita Hayworth ... Patricia O'Malley
Edith Fellows ... Mary
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra ... Andre Kostelanetz and His Music (as Andre Kostelanetz and His Music)
Alan Mowbray ... Charles Spencer Gardner III
Eric Blore ... Griggs
George Tobias ... Sascha
Joseph Crehan ... Mark C. Gilman
George Humbert George Humbert ... Luigi
Joey Ray Joey Ray ... Miller
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Taxi Driver
Julietta Novis Julietta Novis ... Leading Lady (as Julieta Novis)
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Blake
Phil Tead ... Marshall
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Raymond Barrett


Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, the two meet and fall for each other, but will lose their chance at happiness unless destiny calls. Written by Anthony Federio

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Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

10 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passport to Happiness See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Gregory: [in the basement] You've got to learn to make the best of everything.
Patricia O'Malley: Make the best of - Coming from you, that's something. Let's take you, for instance, ahat have you got to make the best out of - oh, you know what I mean.
Robert Gregory: Everything! Music. A beautiful woman. A wonderful night.
Patricia O'Malley: I don't mean to be fussy; but, what woman and how much of a night do you see down here?
Robert Gregory: All of it. All the heavens. Look. There's the Milky Way.
Patricia O'Malley: Looks like a strand of garlic to me.
Robert Gregory: That all depends on your point of ...
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Crazy Credits

Andre Kostelanetz and His Music is credited in the opening set of credits, but not in the comprehensive second set. The IMDb cast ordering therefore uses the first set of credits and fills in the rest with the second set. See more »


References Invisible Enemy (1938) See more »


I've Got Music in My Heart
(On-screen as "Music in My Heart")
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited) with Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra (uncredited) in the finale
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Rita and Tony
23 August 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Rita Hayworth was one of the busiest women in the business in the late thirties and forties. "Music in My Heart" is one of the five releases she participated in 1940. Her ascent into the stratosphere was obvious. Unfortunately, this movie, while pleasant, didn't quite show her at her best. Paired with Tony Martin, who was borrowed for this film, paid off because both leading stars make a nice couple.

The film's weak plot can't hide its obvious faults, but the amazing cast that was assembled for this production make up for the silliness of the premise. We are asked to believe that Bob Gregory, an aspiring singer who has just made a last minute splash substituting for the star of a Broadway show, is going to be deported by Immigration. It shows how sadly dated the idea is judging by the massive influx of illegal immigrants to this country and nobody is sent home!

Tony Martin had one of the most melodious voices of his generation. He has an excellent opportunity as he sings a few songs. His rendition of "Pulcinello", and "It's a Grey World", are wonderful examples of what he could do with his voice. He also cast a fine figure opposite the leading lady.

The supporting cast does a great job in the picture. The sweet Edith Fellows, is seen as Mary, the loyal sister. Eric Blore, George Tobias and Alan Mowbray, make the film better by their contributions. Joseph Stanley directed.

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