Music for Millions

Music for Millions

Director: Henry Koster Cast: Margaret O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, June Allyson


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Musical producer Joe Pasternak moved from Universal to MGM in the early 1940s, taking his pet director Henry Koster (the two men had teamed to make a star of Deanna Durbin) with him. The Pasternak/Koster collaboration Music for Millions features child star Margaret O'Brien as a Durbin-like Miss Fix-it, who tries to help her pregnant older sister (June Allyson), who in turn is pining away for her GI husband. As it happens, the older girl is a cellist in Jose Iturbi's orchestra; thus, in keeping with the formula established by Pasternak's One Hundred Men and a Girl, many of the plot threads are knotted together in a series of concert recitals. The highlight of Music for Millions features Jimmy Durante, giving a stirring rendition of his famed nightclub piece "Umbriago." The film won an Academy Award nomination for screenwriter Myles Connelly, plus a special Oscar for moppet Margaret O'Brien.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2012
UPC: 0883316651148
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 10,483

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret O'Brien "Mike"
Jimmy Durante Andrews
June Allyson Barbara Ainsworth
Marsha Hunt Rosalind
Hugh Herbert Uncle Ferdinand
Harry Davenport Doctor
Marie Wilson Marie
Larry Adler Larry
Ben Lessy Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist Traveler's Aid Woman
Katherine Balfour Elsa
Mary Parker Anita
Madeleine Le Beau Jane
José Iturbi Himself
Helen Gilbert Helen
Ethel Griffies Mrs. McGuff
Ava Gardner Bit Part

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Douglas Biggs Editor
Myles Connolly Screenwriter
Kay Dean Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Pasternak Producer
Hans Peters Art Director
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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