"They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

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"They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:17 pm

I duped it off of AMC many years ago: surprisingly credible plot, concering an inner-city NYC youth orchestra program, spearheaded by an idealistic couple who--miraculously (admittedly)--manage to get Jascha himself to help sponsor it.

Released in that magical movie year of 1939 (guaranteeing a certain measure of quality), it does have a few of the predictable Hollywood plot turns, but there is realism, including the chief hero youth whose stepdad was abusive; also, said youth was involved with the pawning of Heifetz' astronomically pricey violin.

Anyone have any perceptions on this movie?
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Re: "They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

Post by moldyoldie » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:57 pm

It's been awhile, but I recall having the impression of it being a Heifetz promotional. I did enjoy the performance of the youth orchestra (Dvořák?) and the kid was credible. Who played the headmaster of the school? I want to say Harry Morgan (Col. Potter in M*A*S*H), but I don't think that's right.

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Ah, I just looked it up -- Walter Brennan. :wink:

It's sort of an anti-Haydn story. The young Haydn was kicked out on his keister when his voice changed! :lol:
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Re: "They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

Post by Lance » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:23 am

I'm trying to remember this one, Neil. I've seen Heifetz in several movies. He actually doesn't do a bad job as an actor, except, perhaps a little "stiff" here and there.
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Re: "They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:20 pm

Lance wrote:I'm trying to remember this one, Neil. I've seen Heifetz in several movies. He actually doesn't do a bad job as an actor, except, perhaps a little "stiff" here and there.
Of course, he's enough of a presence in his virtuoso scenes....and the fact these kids (in the story) were not only watching a film of him playing, but finally seeing the man himself, makes it an endearing story. The script is ideally tailored to his limited acting ability.

Not a masterpiece, but a nice, second-echelon film.
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Re: "They Shall Have Music," starring HEIFETZ: anyone seen it?

Post by Wallingford » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:37 pm

Here's a link so you can begin watching it:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... shall+have
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Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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