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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 10, 1949 with June Allyson reprising her film role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Jam Session
(uncredited)
Music by Calvin Jackson
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A WWII Movie Revealing the Wisdom of a Child
5 September 2010 | by carol-kennySee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie, where the trauma from a war, which invades all countries during all wars, is seen through the eyes of a child. A brilliant actress, Margaret O'Brien, takes viewers through the torment of WWII, praying for the safe return of her sister's husband. I taped this movie when it played on TCM, and I've watched it many times, because it sends multiple hidden messages to those who watch with wisdom. The movie exposes a woman's fear of losing the father of the fetus in her womb. That fear is something that people continue to experience in today's world. Adults in the movie learn from the wisdom of the little girl, Mike, who helps her sister during this struggle. During WWII the music in this movie was marvelous for millions; it's quite inspiring to viewers today, as well.


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