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Music Hath Charms

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Music Hath Charms
Directed byThomas Bentley
Alexander Esway
Walter Summers
Arthur B. Woods
Written byCourtney Terrett
Jack Davies
L. du Garde Peach
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
StarringHenry Hall
Carol Goodner
Arthur Margetson
Lorna Hubbard
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Claude Friese-Greene
Otto Kanturek
Bryan Langley
Ronald Neame
Horace Wheddon
Edited byJ. Corbett
Music byBenjamin Frankel (arranger)
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Music Hath Charms is a 1935 British musical comedy film directed by Thomas Bentley, Walter Summers, Arthur B. Woods and Alexander Esway. It stars Henry Hall with the BBC Dance Orchestra, Carol Goodner and Arthur Margetson.[1]

Musical numbers

  • "Music Hath Charms"—the theme tune is performed twice, first with Dan Donovan on vocals at the beginning of the film, and later at the end with a harmony quartet and mixed chorus.
  • "I'm Feeling Happy"—performed when Henry Hall goes to the recording studio. Dan Donovan provides the vocals.
  • "There Is No Time Like the Present"—performed at a rehearsal.
  • "Honey-Coloured Moon"—performed with vocals by Hildegarde.
  • "Many Happy Returns Of The Day"—performed during a montage of Henry Hall's "birthday parade", after which the band-members go missing. This song should not be confused with the Burke-Dubin song of the same name, published in 1931.
  • "Just Little Bits and Pieces"—the orchestra is still missing by 5.15, so Henry begins the programme with a piano improvisation, during which his musicians appear one by one.
  • "(Serenading A) Big Ship"—featuring Dan Donovan on vocals, the action turns to an African outpost, where a man (probably the Governor) is too distracted by the music to defend himself from an incoming horde of cannibals.


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