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Music for Millions (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 18 December 1944 (USA)
Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writer:

Myles Connolly (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret O'Brien ... 'Mike'
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi
June Allyson ... Barbara Ainsworth
Jimmy Durante ... Andrews
Marsha Hunt ... Rosalind
Hugh Herbert ... Uncle Ferdinand
Harry Davenport ... Doctor
Marie Wilson ... Marie
Larry Adler ... Larry
Ben Lessy ... Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist ... Travelers Aid Woman
Katharine Balfour Katharine Balfour ... Elsa
Helen Gilbert ... Helen
Mary Parker ... Anita
Madeleine Lebeau ... Jane (as Madeleine LeBeau)
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Storyline

"Mike" goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in Iturbi's orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs' fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram, to protect the baby. Written by Kathy Li

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Warm, Tender Romance! Deep, Lasting Faith! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Musik für Millionen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The director of the orchestra, José Iturbi, best known today as an MGM personality, was actually the conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 to 1944. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
(1741) (uncredited)
from "Messiah"
Music by George Frideric Handel
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Better named, "Hope for Millions"!

I saw "Music for Millions" right before Memorial Day. This beautiful WWII movie must have been a wonderful gift of hope to American G.I. wives and sweethearts. It leaves nothing unsaid about the powerlessness and fear many of these women must have felt. Yet it is also an inspiring testimonial about hope. Hope, prayer, and faith as embodied by one tenacious six-year old girl.

Although you'll cry aplenty, this is more than a '4-hankie' drama. Jimmy Durante, with his famous 'snozzoola' and comic skits, provides a wonderfully humorous contrast to the inspiring classical concertos played by the world-renown Jose Iturbi. You'll be left breathless while the famous conductor/pianist fills the air with the incredibly beautiful music of his mostly female orchestra, bringing a different kind of hope and joy to our boys in uniform.

This movie is an absolute MUST!


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