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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Myles Connolly Best Original Screenplay 1945 Nominee

Cast

Margaret O'Brien
as "Mike"
Jimmy Durante
as Andrews
June Allyson
as Barbara Ainsworth
Marsha Hunt
as Rosalind
Hugh Herbert
as Uncle Ferdinand
Harry Davenport
as Doctor
Marie Wilson
as Marie
Ben Lessy
as Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist
as Traveler's Aid Woman
José Iturbi
as Himself
Helen Gilbert
as Helen
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. McGuff
Ava Gardner
as Bit Part
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. McGuff
Helen Gilbert
as Helen
José Iturbi
as Himself

Crew

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