Music for Millions

Music for Millions is a 1944 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Margaret O'Brien, José Iturbi, Jimmy Durante, June Allyson, Marsha Hunt, Hugh Herbert, Harry Davenport, and Marie Wilson.[2][3] It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1946.[4]

Music for Millions
Directed byHenry Koster
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byMyles Connolly
Jimmy Durante
June Allyson
Music byMichel Michelet
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byDouglass Biggs
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • December 18, 1944 (1944-12-18)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,845,000[1]


"Mike", age 6, arrives in New York to stay with her pregnant older sister Barbara Ainsworth, who lives together with a group of young women, her co-players in a symphony orchestra. As the orchestra prepares to go on a tour of army camps, a telegram is received informing them of the death of Barbara's soldier husband in the Pacific war theater. The girls decide to keep the tragic news from her until after her baby is born. The orchestra is shown playing several classical standards before various military audiences. The talented Iturbi variously conducts the group as well as effortlessly plays difficult piano pieces, while Durante sings comically and acts as a grandfather figure to Mike. In a surprise ending, shortly before giving birth, Barbara receives a letter from her husband saying he is in good spirits and convalescing in a military hospital.




According to MGM records, the film earned $2,341,000 in the US and Canada and $1,504,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $824,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "Music for Millions". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. Variety film review; December 13, 1944, page 8.
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