Mr. Music (1950)

110 or 113 mins | Musical | 28 December 1950

Director:

Richard Haydn

Writer:

Arthur Sheekman

Producer:

Robert L. Welch

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Editor:

Everett Douglas

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Two other films based on Samson Raphaelson's play were made by Paramount: In 1935, as Accent on Youth , directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Sylvia Sidney and Herbert Marshall, and in 1959 as But Not for Me , directed by Walter Lang and starring Clark Gable and Carroll ... More Less

Two other films based on Samson Raphaelson's play were made by Paramount: In 1935, as Accent on Youth , directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Sylvia Sidney and Herbert Marshall, and in 1959 as But Not for Me , directed by Walter Lang and starring Clark Gable and Carroll Baker. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Sep 1950.
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Daily Variety
25 Aug 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Aug 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 49
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Aug 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Sep 50
p. 458.
New York Times
21 Dec 50
p. 34.
Variety
30 Aug 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by, Wrt for the scr by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Ed supv
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus assoc
Spec orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Accent on Youth by Samson Raphaelson (New York, 25 Dec 1934).
SONGS
"Once More the Blue and White," "Accidents Will Happen," "Milady," "Wouldn't It Be Funny," "And You'll Be Home," "Life Is So Peculiar," "High on the List," "Mr. Music" and "Wasn't I There?" music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 December 1950
Production Date:
mid October--late December 1949
addl scenes 10--11 February 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 January 1951
Copyright Number:
LP639
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
110 or 113
Length(in feet):
10,191
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14304
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

New York theater producer Alex Conway travels with composer Paul Merrick to Lawford College, Paul's alma mater, where one of his musicals is being revived by the students. The current Lawford College hero is handsome athlete Jefferson Blake, so Katherine Holbrook, class valedictorian and chairman of the welcoming committee for returning alumni, asks Paul to work in a phrase about Jeff in one of his songs. Although Paul balks at the suggestion, Kate's matter-of-fact manner leaves no room for discussion. After the show is over, Paul and Alex return to New York, and although Paul is broke, he would rather play golf than attempt to work. When he asks Alex for a $15,000 advance against his next musical, which Alex intends to produce with financing from multi-millionaire Tippy Carpenter, Alex agrees on condition that Paul take on a secretary, who will make sure that he works and will not squander the money. Paul laughingly accepts, but has second thoughts when he finds that Alex has hired the ever-serious Kate as his secretary. Although Kate continually hounds Paul to work, Paul snubs her efforts so that he can play golf, and entertain Lorna Marvis, his girl friend. Frustrated by her lack of success, Kate, an aspiring psychiatrist, accuses Paul of being afraid of failure. Paul intends to fire Kate, but feels guilty because he would be breaking his agreement with Alex. After Lorna announces her intention to marry Tippy for his money, Paul discovers that Kate and her aunt Amy have moved into the guest room of his penthouse apartment. Paul gets to work composing a new score, and when Jeff ... +


New York theater producer Alex Conway travels with composer Paul Merrick to Lawford College, Paul's alma mater, where one of his musicals is being revived by the students. The current Lawford College hero is handsome athlete Jefferson Blake, so Katherine Holbrook, class valedictorian and chairman of the welcoming committee for returning alumni, asks Paul to work in a phrase about Jeff in one of his songs. Although Paul balks at the suggestion, Kate's matter-of-fact manner leaves no room for discussion. After the show is over, Paul and Alex return to New York, and although Paul is broke, he would rather play golf than attempt to work. When he asks Alex for a $15,000 advance against his next musical, which Alex intends to produce with financing from multi-millionaire Tippy Carpenter, Alex agrees on condition that Paul take on a secretary, who will make sure that he works and will not squander the money. Paul laughingly accepts, but has second thoughts when he finds that Alex has hired the ever-serious Kate as his secretary. Although Kate continually hounds Paul to work, Paul snubs her efforts so that he can play golf, and entertain Lorna Marvis, his girl friend. Frustrated by her lack of success, Kate, an aspiring psychiatrist, accuses Paul of being afraid of failure. Paul intends to fire Kate, but feels guilty because he would be breaking his agreement with Alex. After Lorna announces her intention to marry Tippy for his money, Paul discovers that Kate and her aunt Amy have moved into the guest room of his penthouse apartment. Paul gets to work composing a new score, and when Jeff comes to town, Paul encourages him to take Kate out. For the first time, Jeff sees Kate's charms and kisses her, even though it means breaking training. However, Kate discovers that she is more interested in Paul, who is older, than in Jeff. After three weeks, Paul throws a party to celebrate the fact that he has written eight songs and completed the score for the musical revue, Mr. Music . The day after the party, Jeff tells Paul that he is losing competitions because he cannot stop thinking about Kate, even though he knows Kate is in love with Paul. Paul is surprised to hear about Kate's feelings, and when Lorna returns to him and they become engaged, he tells Kate about Jeff's visit, and that she should pursue someone closer to her own age. Kate is devastated and plans to quit, but refrains when she learns that Tippy has pulled his money from the show. Aunt Amy tries to interest her wealthy friend, Jerome Thisbee, in backing the show, but Alex and Paul are disappointed when Thisbee offers only $300, not the $300,000 they need. Kate then announces her plan to return to graduate school, but instead returns to Lawford after Paul's butler, "Cupcake" Haggerty, brings news that the Friars' Club has agreed to help them. Some time later, Paul brings Alex to Lawford to let him in on the surprise: The college students, aided by name performers such as comedian Groucho Marx, Metropolitan Opera singer Dorothy Kirsten, dancers Marge and Gower Champion, and the singing group The Merry Macs, have put on Mr. Music for the benefit of several potential backers. Although the backers refuse to finance the show with Alex as producer, Thisbee comes through with a certified check for $300,000. Lorna, who realizes she is more interested in money than Paul, ends their engagement and asks Kate to return the ring. As Kate has rejected Jeff, who is back on a winning streak, she asks Paul if she can keep the ring, and when he consents, they become engaged. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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