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They Shall Have Music (1939) was a Drama - Drama Film directed by Archie Mayo and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Robert Riskin.

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The tall violinist in scenes with the California Junior Symphony Orchestra standing at the far end was Raymond D. Bowman, a child prodigy from Long Beach, who was 21 at the time. In 2 more years, he would be in the Army and survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. In the 1950s, he was one of the first members of the "Pearl Harbor Survivors Association" and was a classical music critic for many years for the South Bay Daily Breeze in Redondo Beach.
One of the few films in which conductor Alfred Newman actually makes an on-screen appearance.
In the movie, the newspaper account lists Jascha Heifetz's stolen Violin as a Stradivarius. Heifetz actually used a Guarnarius in the picture and favored that violin in real life, but the producers felt that the name of Stradivarius would be more recognizable.
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