Cast & Crew
Malvina Adams, an antiquated school marm, teaches music appreciation to the bored pupils of Newton High, who prefer "swing" to Chopin. When Mr. Stevens, the school principal, suggests that she is out of step with her students, Malvina decides to write a song for the school band. The students reject the song, "Fight on for Newton High," as too corny, however, and Malvina's niece Abby mails it to a music publisher in New York City, where band leader Bob Crosby buys it for his band as a novelty number. Bob likes the song so much that he seeks out its composer to write more choruses. Surprised to discover that the writer is an elderly woman, Bob offers Malvina a job singing her own song. Abby dismisses Bob's idea as improper, but Malvina longs for the excitement of New York and accepts his offer. Malvina's debut is a big success, and she hits the nightclub circuit. Soon the novelty wears thin, however, and her popularity wanes. Meanwhile, Abby's animosity toward Bob has turned to love. After Malvina's contract is canceled, she tries a comeback by penning another tune, inspired by Central Park, but her attempts meet with failure until Bob secretly rewrites the composition. The song becomes another hit and Malvina, content with her success, returns as a celebrity to her music class, while Bob and Abby journey to California for their honeymoon.
Louis Jean Heydt
Donna Jean Dolfer
Bob Crosby's Orchestra
Willa Pearl Curtis
P. J. Faulkner Jr.
Van Nest Polglase
Let's Make Music
Let's Make Music was one of several films during the 1940s and 50s that featured Bob Crosby (Bing's younger brother) and his orchestra. The lively musical numbers include "You Forgot About Me," "Central Park" and Crosby's crowd pleasing hit "The Big Noise from Winnetka."
Director Leslie Goodwins, who is little known today, was a prolific B-movie craftsman who spent most of his Hollywood years at RKO studios. In addition to helming several entries in the popular "Mexican Spitfire" comedy series starring Lupe Velez, Goodwins also directed such familiar genre fare as The Mummy's Curse (1944) and Fireman Save My Child (1954) with Spike Jones.
Producer: Howard Benedict
Director: Leslie Goodwins
Screenplay: Nathanael West
Cinematography: Jack Mackenzie
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase
Film Editing: Desmond Marquette
Cast: Bob Crosby (Himself), Jean Rogers (Abby Adams), Elisabeth Risdon (Malvina Adams), Joseph Buloff (Joe Bellah), Joyce Compton (Betty), Bennie Bartlett (Tommy), Louis Jean Heydt (Mr. Stevens), Bill Goodwin (Himself - Crosby's Announcer), Frank Orth (Mr. Botts), Grant Withers (Headwaiter)
by Andrea Passafiume
Let's Make Music
The working title of this picture was Malvina Swings It. It marked the screen debut of popular orchestra leader Bob Crosby, Bing's brother.