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Heavenly Music (1943)

Passed | | Short, Fantasy, Music | 1 May 1943 (USA)
Boogie-woogie band-leader Ted Barry is outside the pearly gates. Because of Ted's musical background, the gatekeeper points him in the direction of the Hall of Music section, where he is ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Frederick Brady ... Ted Barry (as Fred Brady)
Mary Elliott ... Joy
... Mr. Frisbie - Public Relations
... Ludwig van Beethoven
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Boogie-woogie band-leader Ted Barry is outside the pearly gates. Because of Ted's musical background, the gatekeeper points him in the direction of the Hall of Music section, where he is escorted by an angel named Joy, who is in awe of Ted and his musical abilities. Before Ted can enter heaven, he must pass the approval of the Hall of Music's judiciary, which is comprised of who are considered the best ever composers and musicians, led by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ted, with Joy as his supporter, gets into a heated discussion with the judiciary panel about the merits or not of his style of music, especially if there is any originality to it compared to the classics. Beyond these initial disagreements, Ted will have to pass the final test - composing an original piece of music in ten minutes - which may make all their previous discussion moot. Written by Huggo

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Short | Fantasy | Music

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Tchaikovsky scolds Ted for having used one of his melodies and then says to the Official Recorder to let him "know when that Freddie Martin checks in here (Heaven)". Freddie Martin's biggest hit was "Tonight We Love" in 1941, which heavily borrowed from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto Number 1 in B-flat Minor. It was such a big hit that Martin began to incorporate melodies from the classics in follow-up songs. See more »

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(The Opening Disclaimer is sung by an off-screen chorus) Dear Audience: In pictures that You've seen from time to time You've been to every country, and You've sampled every clime; You've roamed the jungles- Climbed the Alps You've sailed the seas (all seven) You've even been to Brooklyn Now, we're taking you to... [HEAVEN]" See more »

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Version of It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939) See more »

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Waltz of the Flowers
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(from "The Nutcracker")
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by the orchestra
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The Old Music Masters
2 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This two reel short subject won the Oscar in its category in 1943 and deservedly so. It's a nice affectionate look at the similarities and there were many between the product the old masters were putting out back in the day and what was being given out with on the Hit Parade of 1943.

Bandleader Ted Barry has died and gone to heaven and he'd like to be in the digs with the musicians so he can just jam for eternity. After some preliminaries with records keeper Eric Blore, Barry goes before a jury of the greatest musicians ever and the committee of jurors is headed by Ludwig Von Beethoven as played by Steven Geray.

Back in those days a lot of musical themes were taken from the classics, Freddy Martin made a career of it. But Barry shows even the Old Masters copied from each other.

Lot's of nice music with some nifty heavenly sets, music to please all kinds of tastes.


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