Music for Millions

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Music for Millions
Music for Millions FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Myles Connolly
Jimmy Durante
June Allyson
Starring Margaret O'Brien
Music by Michel Michelet
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Edited by Douglass Biggs
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
December 18, 1944
Running time
115 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,744,000[1]
Box office $3,845,000[1]

Music for Millions is a 1944 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster.[2] It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1946.[3]


"Mike" (Margaret O'Brien), age 6, arrives in New York to stay with her pregnant older sister Barbara Ainsworth (June Allyson), who lives together with a group of young women, her co-players in a symphony orchestra. As the orchestra prepares to go on a tour of army camps, a telegram is received informing them of the death of Barbara's soldier husband. The girls decide to keep the tragic news from her until after her baby is born. The orchestra is shown playing several classical standards before various military audiences. The talented Iturbi variously conducts the group as well as effortlessly plays difficult piano pieces, while Durante sings comically and acts as a grandfather figure to Mike. In a surprise ending, just after giving birth, Barbara receives a letter from her husband saying he is in good spirits and convalescing in a military hospital.[4]




According to MGM Records the film earned $2,341,000 in the US and Canada and $1,504,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $824,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Variety film review; December 13, 1944, page 8.
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  4. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; December 16, 1944, page 203.

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