They Shall Have Music

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They Shall Have Music. 1939. USA. Directed by Archie Mayo


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1939. USA. Directed by Archie Mayo. With Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Gene Reynolds, Walter Brennan. McCrea does little more than his mandated duty as a Samuel Goldwyn contract player in this curiosity, a souvenir of the days when high culture was considered a cure for all social ills. John Howard Lawson, the commissar of Hollywood’s Communist Party, cowrote the screenplay, in which a street urchin (Gene Reynolds) implores the famed violinist Jascha Heifetz to come to the aid of a Lower East Side music school operated by Walter Brennan (in a Stokowski wig). Other innovative plot elements include a wicked stepfather (Arthur Hohl), an evil capitalist (Porter Hall), an adorable mutt, a 10-year-old piano prodigy (the future Diana Lynn), a stolen Stradivarius, and the professor’s daughter (Andrea Leeds)—who is lovely enough to attract a sympathetic musical instrument salesman (McCrea). Yet Heifitz unflinchingly remains Heifitz, gamely providing five solos. 35mm; preserved by MoMA. 105 min.

Additional Screenings:

Thu May 21, 2015 1:30 PM

Fri May 22, 2015 1:30 PM