Music for Millions (1944)





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In this film, young Margaret O'Brien tries to help her pregnant older sister, who in is pining away for her GI husband. As it happens, the older girl is a cellist in Jose Iturbi's orchestra; thus many of the plot threads are knotted together in a series of concert recitals.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Jimmy Durante
as Andrews
Ava Gardner
as Bit Part
June Allyson
as Barbara Ainsworth
Marsha A. Hunt
as Rosalind
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. McGuff
Larry Adler
as Larry
Hugh Herbert
as Uncle Ferdinand
Connie Gilchrist
as Traveler's Aid Woman
Ben Lessy
as Kickebush
Jose Iturbi
as Himself
Mary Parker
as Anita
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February 12, 2013

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Sometimes sappy MGM musical drama gives both Margaret O'Brien and June Allyson a chance to shine; Jimmy Durante steals scenes, especially when singing "Umbriago."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

I honestly had never heard of this movie before I saw it the other night on TCM. I'm not a huge June Allyson fan, always playing the teary 'swell' girl-next-door to the extreme. But in this movie she was enchanting and it worked. But what really hooked me was Marsha Hunt. What a beautiful woman and great actress she was. The supporting female cast is also excellent, especially the whimsical Marie Windsor and the sultry Katherine Balfour. Jose Iturbi plays essentially himself perfectly along with Durante and a cast of well-known character actors. I did not think the ending was predictable, was surprised and shed a happy tear at the end. The music and the character interaction were great. O'Brien may have been a tad over the top, but it still worked better than had she been more low-keyed. Seriously considering buying the DVD.

lord ronnow
lord ronnow

More moving than it should be thanks to the skillful playing of the cast even if Margaret O'Brien lays it on a bit thick. June is very fetching and Marie Wilson is endearing as the slightly airy clarinetist but best of all is Marsha Hunt a wonderful actress who never had the stardom she deserved. The music lead by Iturbi is wonderful too of course.

jay nixon
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