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Carnegie Hall (1947)

Approved | | Music, Drama | 28 February 1947 (USA)
A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall but, when grown, the son prefers to play with Vaughan Monroe's ... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Karl Kamb (screenplay), Seena Owen (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Hunt ... Nora Ryan
William Prince ... Tony Salerno Jr.
Frank McHugh ... John Donovan
Martha O'Driscoll ... Ruth Haines
Hans Jaray ... Tony Salerno Sr. (as Hans Yaray)
Olin Downes ... Olin Downes
Joseph Buloff ... Anton Tribik
Walter Damrosch ... Walkter Damrosch
Bruno Walter ... Bruno Walter
Lily Pons ... Lily Pons
Gregor Piatigorsky ... Gregor Piatigorsky
Risë Stevens ... Risë Stevens
Artur Rodzinski ... Artur Rodzinski
Artur Rubinstein ... Artur Rubinstein
Jan Peerce ... Jan Peerce
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A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall but, when grown, the son prefers to play with Vaughan Monroe's orchestra. But Mama's wishes prevail and the son appears at Carnegie Hall as the composer-conductor-pianist of a modern horn concerto, with Harry James as the soloist. Frank McHugh is along as a Carnegie Hall porter and doorman, and Martha O'Driscoll is a singer who provides the love interest for Prince. Meanwhile and between while a brigade of classical music names from the 1940's (and earlier and later)appear; the conductors Walter Damrosch, Bruno Walter, Artur Rodzinski, Fritz Reiner and Leopold Stokowski; singers Rise Stevens, Lily Pons, Jan Peerce and Ezio Pinza, plus pianist Arthur Rubinstein, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and violinist Jascha Heifetz. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Music | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Catedral da Música See more »

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Federal Films (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before filming began, workmen cleaned and redecorated Carnegie Hall so that it would appear as new for the scenes set in 1891 when it first opened, according to an article in the October 5, 1946 edition of Cue magazine. See more »

Goofs

Johns arrives on stage for rehearsal and is introduced to Ruth who is standing opposite of him with the piano in between. Close up of Ruth's face shows her looking to her left as she speaks to John who is center to her. See more »

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Edited into Moments in Music (1950) See more »

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Ah !... Par les dieux inspirés... Où va la jeune indoue
(uncredited)
from opera "Lakmé"
Music by Léo Delibes
Sung by Lily Pons
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Marsha Hunt Gave an Outstanding Performance
19 April 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this film from the very beginning to the end with great artists performing in Carnegie Hall and a great story revolving around a woman named Nora Ryan, (Marsha Hunt) and her son named Tony Salerno, Jr., (William Prince) who wants her son to become a great concert pianist. Nora works in Carnegie Hall as a cleaning lady polishing brass rails and works hard to support her son who she loves very much. Tony grows up in Carnegie Hall and gets to meet all the famous conductors, singers and famous musicians. However, Tony wants to cut the apron strings of his mother and branches off to the modern dance bands and meets up with a very attractive gal which sort of breaks his mother's heart. If you like Classical Music and enjoy the great talents of super star talents from the past, this is the film for you. By the way, Marsha Hunt is approaching the age of 90 years and contributed a great deal of her acting ability to the Hollywood Silver Screen. Great film, don't miss it. Enjoy.


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