Published on Aug 08, 2013
"A New Romance of Celluloid: We Must Have Music" (full title) was filmed in 1941 and released by MGM in late 1941 or early 1942. It opens with Judy Garland singing and dancing to the title song, which is interestingly a part of the deleted final of "Ziegfeld Girl". The short depicts the workings of the MGM music department, and it gives a short history of movie music including many great clips of the studio's many stars. There is Herbert Stothart conducting the MGM orchestra, a duet of Nelson Eddy & Risë Stevens (from "The Chocolate Soldier"), Busby Berkeley directing a rehearsal ("Hoedown" scene from "Babes on Broadway"), etc. The film ends with Risë Stevens singing "America the Beautiful". The narrator is Frank Whitbeck.