They Shall Have Music (1939)





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This musical drama follows a young ghetto kid who dreams of being a classical musician like his idol Jascha Heifetz. He first hears the renowned violinist after finding a ticket to Carnegie Hall on the sidewalk one day. The young man is so inspired by what he hears that he enrolls in Professor Lawson's inner-city music school. Unfortunately, the school teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. Fortunately the determined young boy convinces his street buddies to help him plead with Heifetz to help them save the school by doing a benefit concert. The master violinist agrees and saves the day.
Classics , Drama , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts
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Gene Reynolds
as Frankie
Jascha Heifetz
as Himself
Andrea Leeds
as Ann Lawson
Joel McCrea
as Peter McCarthy
Walter Brennan
as Prof. Lawson
Terry Kilburn
as Dominick
Tommy Kelly
as Willie
Chuck Stubbs
as Fever Jones
Walter Tetley
as Rocks Mulligan
Alfred Newman
as Musical director
Mary Ruth
as Susie
Arthur Hohl
as Ed Miller
Marjorie Main
as Jane Miller
Porter Hall
as Mr. Flower
Paul Harvey
as Heifetz's Manager
Frank Jaquet
as Mr. Morgan
Perry Ivins
as Mr. Wallace
Dorothy Christy
as Young Woman
Paul Stanton
as Insp. Johnson
Charles Coleman
as Heifetz's Butler
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Detective
John Hamilton
as Detective
Virginia Brissac
as Willie's Mother
James Flavin
as Police Sergeant
Wade Boteler
as Police Lieutenant
Roger Imhof
as Deputy
Louis Mason
as Deputy
Marjorie Wood
as Mother
Emmett Vogan
as Police Chief's Aide
Lee Phelps
as Policeman in Auditorium
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Police Chief
Jessie Arnold
as Woman in Alley
Mrs. Willard Louis
as Woman in Line
Dulce Daye
as Woman in Line
Diana Lynn
as Girl at Piano
Alan Edwards
as Concertgoer Throwing Tickets Away
John Kelly
as Kelly
Emory Parnell
as Policeman in Rain
Effie Anderson
as Woman on Steps
Stanley Blystone
as Policeman at Police Station
Ethan Laidlaw
as Film Delivery Man
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn's attempt to bring classical music to the masses.

Full Review… | November 23, 2008
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