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Title: Mr. Music

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Richard Haydn

Cast: Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn, Ruth Hussey, Robert Stack, Tom Ewell, Ida Moore, Charles Kemper, Richard Haydn, Donald Woods, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Groucho Marx, Dorothy Kirsten, Peggy Lee, Irving Bacon, Bess Flowers, Leon Tyler, Norma Zimmer

Release: 1950-12-08

Runtime: 110

Plot: A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.
Review Dec 21, 1950 by "The" Bosely Crowther HOPE KINO SEES THIS!!!!!!!


To brighten the Christmas season, our old friend, Bing Crosby, is in town in a role (and an entertainment) that fits him—and he it—like a glove. In Paramount's "Mr. Music," which came to the Paramount yesterday, Der Bingle (which rhymes with Kris Kringle, we trust you will incidentally note) plays an easy-going song-writer who is coaxed into composing a musical score by a provokingly persistent young lady hired particularly for this job. And with newcomer Nancy Olson spreading much charm in the latter role; with Tom Ewell, Ida Moore, Charles Coburn and even Groucho Marx and Dorothy Kirsten lending assists and with one of the nicest sets of new songs that Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke have ever turned out, this "Mr. Music" is certainly one of the cheeriest and brightest of current films. There's no point in being coy about it: Bing has not been too fortunate in the general characteristics of his roles in his past three or four films. But in this light, romantic entertainment, based on Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth," he acts the sort of droll, informal fellow that he himself happens to be. And since Bing's genial songsmith in this story takes more joyously to golfing than to work, it's the sort of job that our hero can well wrap his golf clubs around. Fortunately, Arthur Sheekman has turned Mr. Raphaelson's play into a lively exercise with words and music that ambles gaily across the screen. True, there are times when the action, confined largely to a penthouse drawing-room (where Mr. Crosby toys with his golf clubs just as happily as he does on the course) tends to lag slightly and grow feeblee. Even with Miss Olson as vis-a-vis, the sparring of boss and slave-driver drags just a bit now and then. But regularly Mr. Sheekman catches up the lag with a nice bit of comic invention that Director Richard Haydn grabs upon and uses to keep the whole show going in a generally sophisticated style. It is notable that little condescension to the so-called juvenile taste is evident here. And the songs are adroitly integrated into the natural flow of the script so that Bing and the cast can get into them without pointing when they do the most good. Best of the lot, for our taste, is a lightly philosophic rhapsody, "Life Is So Peculiar," which is done in several different ways. Bing and Peggy Lee sing it one time at a pent-house jamboree, at which the elastic young Champions, Marge and Gower, dance it spinningly. The Merry Macs also sing it in the ultimate musical show, put on as the songwriter's triumph, and Bing does it in a skit with Groucho Marx. This latter, incidentally, is a winning but strangely skimpy highlight of the film. Next best is a smoothly melodious song of wistful love, "Accidents Will Happen," which Bing, after tinkering throughout, sings in a pleasing duet with Dorothy Kirsten. And "High on the List" is that, too. Otherwise "Wouldn't It Be Funny," "You'll Be Home" and "Wasn't I There" are in the category of wholly agreeable tunes. Miss Olson, who will be remembered as the young lady in "Sunset Boulevard," here demonstrates a thorough ability to handle a fragile romantic lead, and Charles Coburn is familiarly amusing as a harassed producer of musical shows. Ida Moore is chirpily comic as a starry-eyed chaperone, while Mr. Haydn, the commendable young director, is very funny in an asthmatic bit."Mr. Music" may not stack up with the best of the Crosby films, but it is certainly a contemporary achievement that the master may lean happily upon.On the stage at the Paramount are Louis Prima and his orchestra, Jan Murray and Shirley Van.
MR. MUSIC, screen play by Arthur Sheekman, suggested by Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth." Directed by Richard Haydn; produced by Robert L. Welch for Paramount Pictures. At the Paramount. Paul Merrick . . . . . Bing Crosby Katherine Holbrook . . . . . Nancy Olson Alex Conway . . . . . Charles Coburn Lorna Marvis . . . . . Ruth HusseyJefferson Blake . . . . . Robert StackHaggerty . . . . . Tom Ewell Aunt Amy . . . . . Ida MooreMr. Danforth . . . . . Charles Kemper Tippy Carpenter . . . . . Donald Woods Themselves . . . . . Marge and Gower Champion Jerome Thisby . . . . . Richard Haydnand Groucho Mark. Dorothy Kirsten. Peggy Lee and The Merry Macs
 

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Review Dec 21, 1950 by "The" Bosely Crowther HOPE KINO SEES THIS!!!!!!!


To brighten the Christmas season, our old friend, Bing Crosby, is in town in a role (and an entertainment) that fits him—and he it—like a glove. In Paramount's "Mr. Music," which came to the Paramount yesterday, Der Bingle (which rhymes with Kris Kringle, we trust you will incidentally note) plays an easy-going song-writer who is coaxed into composing a musical score by a provokingly persistent young lady hired particularly for this job. And with newcomer Nancy Olson spreading much charm in the latter role; with Tom Ewell, Ida Moore, Charles Coburn and even Groucho Marx and Dorothy Kirsten lending assists and with one of the nicest sets of new songs that Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke have ever turned out, this "Mr. Music" is certainly one of the cheeriest and brightest of current films. There's no point in being coy about it: Bing has not been too fortunate in the general characteristics of his roles in his past three or four films. But in this light, romantic entertainment, based on Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth," he acts the sort of droll, informal fellow that he himself happens to be. And since Bing's genial songsmith in this story takes more joyously to golfing than to work, it's the sort of job that our hero can well wrap his golf clubs around. Fortunately, Arthur Sheekman has turned Mr. Raphaelson's play into a lively exercise with words and music that ambles gaily across the screen. True, there are times when the action, confined largely to a penthouse drawing-room (where Mr. Crosby toys with his golf clubs just as happily as he does on the course) tends to lag slightly and grow feeblee. Even with Miss Olson as vis-a-vis, the sparring of boss and slave-driver drags just a bit now and then. But regularly Mr. Sheekman catches up the lag with a nice bit of comic invention that Director Richard Haydn grabs upon and uses to keep the whole show going in a generally sophisticated style. It is notable that little condescension to the so-called juvenile taste is evident here. And the songs are adroitly integrated into the natural flow of the script so that Bing and the cast can get into them without pointing when they do the most good. Best of the lot, for our taste, is a lightly philosophic rhapsody, "Life Is So Peculiar," which is done in several different ways. Bing and Peggy Lee sing it one time at a pent-house jamboree, at which the elastic young Champions, Marge and Gower, dance it spinningly. The Merry Macs also sing it in the ultimate musical show, put on as the songwriter's triumph, and Bing does it in a skit with Groucho Marx. This latter, incidentally, is a winning but strangely skimpy highlight of the film. Next best is a smoothly melodious song of wistful love, "Accidents Will Happen," which Bing, after tinkering throughout, sings in a pleasing duet with Dorothy Kirsten. And "High on the List" is that, too. Otherwise "Wouldn't It Be Funny," "You'll Be Home" and "Wasn't I There" are in the category of wholly agreeable tunes. Miss Olson, who will be remembered as the young lady in "Sunset Boulevard," here demonstrates a thorough ability to handle a fragile romantic lead, and Charles Coburn is familiarly amusing as a harassed producer of musical shows. Ida Moore is chirpily comic as a starry-eyed chaperone, while Mr. Haydn, the commendable young director, is very funny in an asthmatic bit."Mr. Music" may not stack up with the best of the Crosby films, but it is certainly a contemporary achievement that the master may lean happily upon.On the stage at the Paramount are Louis Prima and his orchestra, Jan Murray and Shirley Van.
MR. MUSIC, screen play by Arthur Sheekman, suggested by Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth." Directed by Richard Haydn; produced by Robert L. Welch for Paramount Pictures. At the Paramount. Paul Merrick . . . . . Bing Crosby Katherine Holbrook . . . . . Nancy Olson Alex Conway . . . . . Charles Coburn Lorna Marvis . . . . . Ruth HusseyJefferson Blake . . . . . Robert StackHaggerty . . . . . Tom Ewell Aunt Amy . . . . . Ida MooreMr. Danforth . . . . . Charles Kemper Tippy Carpenter . . . . . Donald Woods Themselves . . . . . Marge and Gower Champion Jerome Thisby . . . . . Richard Haydnand Groucho Mark. Dorothy Kirsten. Peggy Lee and The Merry Macs
 

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Review Dec 21, 1950 by "The" Bosely Crowther HOPE KINO SEES THIS!!!!!!!


To brighten the Christmas season, our old friend, Bing Crosby, is in town in a role (and an entertainment) that fits him—and he it—like a glove. In Paramount's "Mr. Music," which came to the Paramount yesterday, Der Bingle (which rhymes with Kris Kringle, we trust you will incidentally note) plays an easy-going song-writer who is coaxed into composing a musical score by a provokingly persistent young lady hired particularly for this job. And with newcomer Nancy Olson spreading much charm in the latter role; with Tom Ewell, Ida Moore, Charles Coburn and even Groucho Marx and Dorothy Kirsten lending assists and with one of the nicest sets of new songs that Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke have ever turned out, this "Mr. Music" is certainly one of the cheeriest and brightest of current films. There's no point in being coy about it: Bing has not been too fortunate in the general characteristics of his roles in his past three or four films. But in this light, romantic entertainment, based on Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth," he acts the sort of droll, informal fellow that he himself happens to be. And since Bing's genial songsmith in this story takes more joyously to golfing than to work, it's the sort of job that our hero can well wrap his golf clubs around. Fortunately, Arthur Sheekman has turned Mr. Raphaelson's play into a lively exercise with words and music that ambles gaily across the screen. True, there are times when the action, confined largely to a penthouse drawing-room (where Mr. Crosby toys with his golf clubs just as happily as he does on the course) tends to lag slightly and grow feeblee. Even with Miss Olson as vis-a-vis, the sparring of boss and slave-driver drags just a bit now and then. But regularly Mr. Sheekman catches up the lag with a nice bit of comic invention that Director Richard Haydn grabs upon and uses to keep the whole show going in a generally sophisticated style. It is notable that little condescension to the so-called juvenile taste is evident here. And the songs are adroitly integrated into the natural flow of the script so that Bing and the cast can get into them without pointing when they do the most good. Best of the lot, for our taste, is a lightly philosophic rhapsody, "Life Is So Peculiar," which is done in several different ways. Bing and Peggy Lee sing it one time at a pent-house jamboree, at which the elastic young Champions, Marge and Gower, dance it spinningly. The Merry Macs also sing it in the ultimate musical show, put on as the songwriter's triumph, and Bing does it in a skit with Groucho Marx. This latter, incidentally, is a winning but strangely skimpy highlight of the film. Next best is a smoothly melodious song of wistful love, "Accidents Will Happen," which Bing, after tinkering throughout, sings in a pleasing duet with Dorothy Kirsten. And "High on the List" is that, too. Otherwise "Wouldn't It Be Funny," "You'll Be Home" and "Wasn't I There" are in the category of wholly agreeable tunes. Miss Olson, who will be remembered as the young lady in "Sunset Boulevard," here demonstrates a thorough ability to handle a fragile romantic lead, and Charles Coburn is familiarly amusing as a harassed producer of musical shows. Ida Moore is chirpily comic as a starry-eyed chaperone, while Mr. Haydn, the commendable young director, is very funny in an asthmatic bit."Mr. Music" may not stack up with the best of the Crosby films, but it is certainly a contemporary achievement that the master may lean happily upon.On the stage at the Paramount are Louis Prima and his orchestra, Jan Murray and Shirley Van.
MR. MUSIC, screen play by Arthur Sheekman, suggested by Samson Raphaelson's play, "Accent on Youth." Directed by Richard Haydn; produced by Robert L. Welch for Paramount Pictures. At the Paramount. Paul Merrick . . . . . Bing Crosby Katherine Holbrook . . . . . Nancy Olson Alex Conway . . . . . Charles Coburn Lorna Marvis . . . . . Ruth HusseyJefferson Blake . . . . . Robert StackHaggerty . . . . . Tom Ewell Aunt Amy . . . . . Ida MooreMr. Danforth . . . . . Charles Kemper Tippy Carpenter . . . . . Donald Woods Themselves . . . . . Marge and Gower Champion Jerome Thisby . . . . . Richard Haydnand Groucho Mark. Dorothy Kirsten. Peggy Lee and The Merry Macs
I've always Loved Bing!! One title I just can't understand it's absence in a restored BRD is "Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". Great cast, fun songs, fun premise and most of all...it's classic Bing Crosby!!! Umbrella Enter. in Australia has a release but no mention of any restoration work and no bonus materials...the wait continues!!
 
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I've always Loved Bing!! One title I just can't understand it's absence in a restored BRD is "Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". Great cast, fun songs, fun premise and most of all...it's classic Bing Crosby!!! Umbrella Enter. in Australia has a release but no mention of any restoration work and no bonus materials...the wait continues!!

You and I are on the same page it has a great cast, great Technicolor and great music!
 

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Story filmed by Paramount 3 times, this is the only version I haven't seen. Would love to see it. It's the middle version.
 

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You and I are on the same page it has a great cast, great Technicolor and great music!
The Will Rogers version is fun too, but this cast does such a wonderful job and the songs are catchy. Reminds me allot of the Court Jester with Danny Kaye!!
 
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