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Mr. Music (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 December 1950 (USA)
A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.

Director:

Richard Haydn

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (suggested by play "Accent on Youth"), Arthur Sheekman (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Paul Merrick
Nancy Olson ... Katherine Holbrook
Charles Coburn ... Alex Conway
Ruth Hussey ... Lorna Marvis
Robert Stack ... Jefferson Blake
Tom Ewell ... Haggerty
Ida Moore ... Aunt Amy
Charles Kemper ... Mr. Danforth
Donald Woods ... Tippy Carpenter
Richard Haydn ... Jerome Thisbee (as Claud Curdle)
Marge Champion ... Marge Champion
Gower Champion ... Gower Champion
Groucho Marx ... Groucho Marx
Dorothy Kirsten ... Dorothy Kirsten
Peggy Lee ... Peggy Lee
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Storyline

Paul Merrick, a writer of hit musicals, prefers to lie in the sun or play golf. He does so until he goes broke and asks to borrow a large sum of money, against future earnings, from his producer, Alex Conway. They are invited to a university, Paul's alma mater, to see a college production that is using some of Paul's music, and meet Katherine Holbrook, a student. Alex makes out the loan-money check to Katherine and hires her as Paul's secretary with instructions to give him only so much money per week after he starts to work on a new show. Complications arise when Paul meets Lorna Marvis, a society woman whose company is more expensive than the allowance Katherine is doling out to him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Secretária Ideal See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Having dyed her hair blonde, actress Ruth Hussey-- historically a brunette -- is barely recognizable in this film. See more »

Quotes

Paul Merrick: Gee, thanks a lot for showing. There's nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you.
Groucho Marx: There's nothing I wouldn't do for you. That makes two of us who do nothing for each other.
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Connections

Version of Accent on Youth (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Wouldn't It Be Funny?
Music by James Van Heusen; Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Very cute Bing Crosby satire
19 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you love Bing Crosby, add Mr. Music to your must-see list. In this comedy, he plays a songwriter who prefers to spend his time on the golf course instead of by the piano. His producer and faithful friend, Charles Coburn, makes an arrangement with uptight secretary, Nancy Olson, in order to force Bing back to work. He hires Nancy as Bing's personal jailer, and gives her Bing's fifteen thousand dollar salary and permission to do anything necessary to keep him working.

In Sunset Boulevard, I thought Nancy Olson was plain and slightly irritating, but in this movie, it totally works. She's supposed to be plain and irritating! Bing is charming and a bit of a scoundrel, but it's clear he means well, and Charles Coburn as funny and flustered as he needs to be. Bing is particularly adorable in this movie, since he gets to make fun of himself. And, in pursuit of Nancy, he even does pull-ups to compete with her athletic suitor, Robert Stack!


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