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We Must Have Music (1941)

Approved | | Short, Music | 1941 (USA)
An MGM short that starts with a brief history of music in the movies, from accompaniment for silents, to background scores, to elaborate musical productions, and ends up as a highlight reel of recent and upcoming releases from the studio.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Judy Garland ... Herself
Nelson Eddy ... Himself
Risë Stevens ... Herself
Herbert Stothart ... Himself
Bronislau Kaper ... Himself
Busby Berkeley ... Himself
Ann Sothern ... Herself
Red Skelton ... Himself
Mickey Rooney ... Himself
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This short opens with Judy Garland singing, and dancing to, the title song. A short history of movie music is presented, from silent films accompanied by a single piano, to the elaborate song scores for musicals (with scenes from MGM's musicals) and background music for dramas. Conductor/composer Herbert Stothart conducts the MGM studio orchestra recording the score for The Chocolate Soldier (1941). Busby Berkeley directs a rehearsal of the "Hoedown" number from Babes on Broadway (1941). The film ends with Risë Stevens singing "America the Beautiful." Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Short | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A New Romance of Celluloid: We Must Have Music See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This short is included as a bonus on the DVD of Great Performances: The Great American Songbook (2003) hosted by Michael Feinstein. See more »

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All credited performers are identified by the narrator in the order indicated. See more »

Connections

References Johnny Eager (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

We Must Have Music
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Judy Garland
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We Must Have Music was an interesting promotional short for M-G-M especially when viewing some of the cut scenes from their movies
29 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was basically a promotional short for the M-G-M musicals but there are some treats like Judy Garland's cut title number from Ziegfeld Girl, Rise Stevens' rendition of "America the Beautiful" cut from The Chocolate Soldier, Herbert Stothart conducting the score from said film, and Busby Berkeley choreographing the "Hoedown" number in Babes on Broadway. There's also scenes of the various studio musicals and, to really fill time just as I'm filling for number of lines in this review, pages of the studio movie titles along with the stars and the conductors with a check attached to each name of those latter occupation at the bottom of the papers. So on that note, We Must Have Music is worth a look for you're so inclined. It's an extra on the Ziegfeld Girl DVD.


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