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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 »


Joseph Santley


James Edward Grant (original story), James Edward Grant (screen play)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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
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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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Did You Know?


Patricia O'Malley: Listen, General, there's 8 million people in New York, counting Brooklyn and Queens, why pick on me to run into?
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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 »


No Other Love
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited) and Julietta Novis (uncredited) with Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra (uncredited)
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Tony Martin's singing is so good, it really doesn't matter about the plot!
21 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert (Tony Martin) is due to be deported and so he is rushing to the harbor to board the boat. Sharing his cab is Patricia (Rita Hayworth) is a woman rushing to marry a rich guy (Alan Mowbray). However, when there is a wreck and the cab is delayed, both miss the boat and it changes the rest of their lives.

It's strange. For years, I haven't liked singing in most movies and hated that so many classic Hollywood films have songs planted right in the middle of them for no apparent reason. However, recently I have noticed that this doesn't bother me as much as it used to--particularly when the singer has such a beautiful voice. This is definitely the case with Tony Martin. While he didn't make a ton of movies, when he did, his singing was just amazing--among the best you could find. So, as I watched "Music in My Heart", I enjoyed the musical interludes, as Martin's crooning was quite nice.

So, apart from Martin's singing, is there anything else that could make this movie worth your time? Well, it might be worth seeing just to see Rita Hayworth in one of her films before her HUGE make-over. This is because she was a favorite actress of studio head Roy Cohn and he personally groomed both her career and her face. He ordered her hairline to be adjusted (owch!), her skin to be lightened and her hairstyle and color changed. Here in this film, she's about midway through her makeover--not as ethnic as she had been but definitely not the glamor girl she soon was to become.

Another reason to watch the film is the nice little touches. Lots of wonderful supporting actors are in this one--such as Eric Blore and George Tobias. And, more importantly, their dialog is excellent--providing the sort of clever and cute colorful touches that make a film memorable.

So, despite this being a B-movie (due to its short running time and budget), it's very, very good B--almost like a 'B+' film! Enjoyable, fun and well worth your time. And while I'll admit that the ending is hokey, it sure is fun!

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Release Date:

10 January 1940 (USA) See more »

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Passport to Happiness See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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