Music For Millions

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

A classic example of the "something for everyone"-type feature popular with audiences during WW II. Allyson is a cellist in Iturbi's orchestra who is pregnant and worried about her soldier husband, whom she hasn't heard from in months. Durante, seen in an uncharacteristic portrayal as Iturbi's manager, sings a few songs he composed with Irving Caesar. "Umbriago"...read more

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A classic example of the "something for everyone"-type feature popular with audiences during WW II. Allyson is a cellist in Iturbi's orchestra who is pregnant and worried about her soldier husband, whom she hasn't heard from in months. Durante, seen in an uncharacteristic portrayal as

Iturbi's manager, sings a few songs he composed with Irving Caesar. "Umbriago" is a funny number that became a Durante standard. Of course the husband turns up in the end and Allyson has a boy. O'Brien received a special Oscar that year for her work as a juvenile film star. MUSIC FOR MILLIONS is

entertaining at best, clearly made with the mass market in mind. Production values are top-notch. Iturbi conducts the orchestra in selections from Dvorak, Grieg, Victor Herbert, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Handel, and Chopin. Other songs include "Toscanini, Iturbi and Me" (Walter Bullock, Harold

Spina; sung by Durante), "At Sundown" (Walter Donaldson), "Summer Holidays" (Helen Deutsch, Herbert Stothart).

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