Mr. Music

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  • 1950
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.1  (253)

Mr. Music is a 1950 American musical film starring the legendary singer and actor Bing Crosby. The movie, directed by Richard Haydn and written by Harry Tugend, tells the story of a wealthy and carefree choir director named Paul Merrick (Bing Crosby) and his struggle to overcome his emotional baggage and find true love. The movie starts with Merrick leading his choir in a performance, and it is clear from the outset that he is a talented and popular figure. However, he is also lacking in maturity and commitment and promptly skips town to avoid paying a hotel bill. He arrives in a small town, where he meets a lovely music teacher, Peggy Brown (played by Nancy Olson), who quickly captures his attention. Merrick tries to win her over and, in the process, becomes involved in the local community's efforts to save the town's historic opera house.

The plot thickens as Merrick's wealthy father, Timothy (played by Charles Coburn), arrives in town to bring his son home to take over the family business. The two men butt heads as Merrick tries to convince his father of the importance of the opera house, while Timothy tries to persuade his son to return to his responsibilities in the family business. The tension reaches a breaking point when Peggy attempts to audition for a sought-after position in the opera house, and Merrick's father pulls strings to sabotage her efforts.

The film takes on many expected twists and turns, but at its core, Mr. Music is a series of musical performances featuring Crosby and some of the greatest singers and musicians of the time. From crooning classic jazz and pop standards to tapping out catchy tunes on the piano, Crosby is the star of the show, and his musical performances are a real highlight.

The movie succeeds on the strength of its musical performances, particularly those featuring Bing Crosby. His natural singing talent and charm make him a compelling and likable protagonist, and his relationship with Peggy is sweet and romantic. Olson, for her part, makes a lovely love interest, and the pair's romantic chemistry shines through in their scenes together.

The supporting cast of Mr. Music is also notable, particularly Charles Coburn, who plays the role of the stuffy business father perfectly. Coburn, known for his comedic roles, displays a knack for drama in his portrayal, and his scenes with Crosby provide some of the movie's best moments.

In terms of the story, the narrative is somewhat predictable and clichéd, but this is hardly surprising given the film's genre. However, the musical numbers make up for any narrative shortcomings and provide viewers with an enjoyable and fun musical experience.

Overall, Mr. Music is a great representation of the musical films produced in the 1950s. It is a film with an uplifting theme and an emphasis on entertainment, and it successfully delivers on that promise. The movie is enjoyable, charming, and a real treat for lovers of classic musicals. Whether you're a fan of Bing Crosby's music or simply love feel-good movies, Mr. Music is a delightful and nostalgic experience that you won't want to miss.

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    6.1  (253)