Carnegie Hall (film)

Carnegie Hall is a 1947 film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. It stars Marsha Hunt and William Prince.[1]

Carnegie Hall
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Boris Morros
Samuel Rheiner (supervising producer)
Screenplay byKarl Kamb
Story bySeena Owen
StarringMarsha Hunt
William Prince
CinematographyWilliam Miller
Edited byFred R. Feitshans Jr.
Federal Films
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
February 28, 1947
Running time
144 minutes
CountryUnited States

Ulmer made Carnegie Hall with the help of conductor Fritz Reiner, godfather of the Ulmers' daughter, Arianné.[2] The New York City concert venue Carnegie Hall serves as the film's setting for the plot and performances presented. A tribute to classical music and Carnegie Hall, the film features appearances by some of the prominent music figures of 20th century performing within the legendary concert hall. Based on a story by silent movie actress Seena Owen, Carnegie Hall follows the life of Irish immigrant Nora Ryan who arrives in America just as the grand concert hall is christened in 1891, and whose life is intertwined with the performers, conductors, aspiring artists and humble employees who call it home. The plot serves as a thread to connect the music performances.


A mother (Marsha Hunt) wants her son (William Prince) to grow up to be a pianist good enough to play at Carnegie Hall. The son would prefer to play jazz with Vaughn Monroe's orchestra. But Mama's wishes prevail and the son appears at Carnegie Hall as the composer-conductor-pianist of a modern trumpet concerto, with Harry James as the soloist.


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  1. "Carnegie Hall (1947) – Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. Cantor, Paul A. (2006). "Film Noir and the Frankfurt School: America as Wasteland in Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour," in The Philosophy of Film Noir, ed. Mark T. Conard (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky), p. 150. ISBN 0-8131-2377-1.
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