Carnegie Hall (film)

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Carnegie Hall
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Starring Marsha Hunt
Release dates
February 28, 1947
Running time
144 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Carnegie Hall is a 1947 film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. It stars Marsha Hunt and William Prince.[1] The New York City concert venue Carnegie Hall serves as the film's setting for the plot and performances presented. A tribute to classical music and Carnegie Hall, the film features appearances by some of the prominent figures of 20th Century music performing within the legendary concert hall. Based on a story by silent movie actress Seena Owen, Carnegie Hall follows the life of Irish immigrant Nora Ryan who arrives in America just as the grand theater is christened, and whose life is intertwined with the performers, conductors, aspiring artists and humble employees who call it home. The plot serves as a thread to connect the music performances.


Music Guests[edit]


  • Richard Wagner - "Prelude" from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" - New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter, conductor
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff - "Vocalise" - sung by Lily Pons
  • Leo Delibes - "Bell Song" from opera "Lakmé" - sung by Lily Pons
  • Camille Saint-Seans - "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals" - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
  • George Bizet - "Seguidilla" from "Carmen" - sung by Rise Stevens (mezzo-soprano)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony #5 (excerpts) - New York Philharmonic, Artur Rodzinski, conductor
  • Frédéric Chopin - "Heroic Polonaise, in A-flat" - Artur Rubinstein, piano
  • Manuel de Falla - "The Ritual Fire Dance" - Artur Rubinstein, piano
  • Eduardo Di Capua - "O Sole Mio" - sung by Jan Peerce (tenor)
  • Giuseppe Verdi - "Il lacerato spirito" from "Simon Boccanegra" - sung Ezio Pinza (bass)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "Fin Ch'han Dal Vino" from "Don Giovanni"- sung Ezio Pinza (bass)
  • Sam Caslow - "Beware, My Heart" - sung by Vaughn Monroe
  • Frank Ryerson/William Moore - "The Pleasure's All Mine" - sung by Vaughn Monroe
  • Peter Tchaikovsky - "Violin Concerto in D, First Movement" - New York Philharmonic, Fritz Reiner, conductor, Jasha Heifetz, violin
  • Peter Tchaikovsky - "Symphony no 5, 2nd movement" - New York Philharmonic, Leopold Stokovski, conductor
  • Hal Borne - "Brown Danube" - sung by Harry James
  • Leo Delibes - "Ah !... Par Les Dieux Inspirés... Où va la jeune indoue" from opera "Lakmé" - sung by Lily Pons
  • Camille Saint-Seans - "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from opera "Samson et Dalila" - sung by Rise Stevens (mezzo-soprano)
  • Mischa Portnoff - "The 57th Street Rhapsody" - pianist uncertain; Portnoff's hands are filmed playing the climactic piece.


A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall. The son would prefer to play jazz with Vaughan Monroe's orchestra. But Mama's wishes prevail and the son appears at Carnegie Hall as the composer-conductor-pianist of a modern trumpet concerto, with Harry James as the soloist.


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