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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... 'Mike'
... José Iturbi
... Barbara Ainsworth
... Andrews
... Rosalind
... Uncle Ferdinand
... Doctor
... Marie
... Larry
... Kickebush
... Travelers Aid Woman
Katharine Balfour ... Elsa
... Helen
... Anita
... Jane (as Madeleine LeBeau)
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"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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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18 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Musik für Millionen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the Second World War when this film was made on the MGM lot in 1944, other than harpists there were very few women in major world symphony orchestras. In order to justify the cast of women instrumentalists who are June Allyson's roommates in the story, the on-screen orchestra has an unusual proportion of females, among them the dumb blonde Marie Wilson ("My Friend Irma") on classical clarinet! Even today when there are numerous women in all major orchestras, it is still unusual to see as many women in the brass section as those who are pictured in this film. See more »

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Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Umbriago
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Durante and Irving Caesar
Played on piano and sung by Jimmy Durante
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A Sleeper
7 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This little movie is a warm, loving, funny movie full of hope and faith from a 7 year old child in a time of World War. They don't make them like this any more, plain acting NO special effects. You can't find it on any type of video, though I can't imagine why, with all the trash being brought out today. If you can catch it on one of the movie channels DO NOT MISS IT; grab something warm to drink and some tissues.


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