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They Shall Have Music

They Shall Have Music(1939)

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The working titles of this film were The Restless Age, Angels Making Music and Music School. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, producer Samuel Goldwyn originally considered George Arliss and Walter Brennan for the role of the music master. According to modern sources, however, Goldwyn made this film because he wanted to put violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz in the movies. Another pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that still photographer Ned Scott took over from Bob Coburn, who left to work on The Real Glory. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter add that Goldwyn was arranging a tour of twenty-two key cities for the forty-five-piece children's orchestra that appears in this film. Actress Diana Lynn, who was a child prodigy, used the name Dolly Loehr at the time that she made this film. This was the then ten-year-old actress' first film. Al Newman was nominated for an Academy Award in the Music (Scoring) category.