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Musical Masterpieces (1946)

Approved | | Short, Music | 20 April 1946 (USA)
Performances of three well-know compositions. An orchestra plays Flight of the Bumblebee. Carlos Ramírez sings The Donkey Serenade with a boy on penny whistle. Finally, Ramírez and Lucille Norman sing lyrics to Tales from the Vienna Woods.


Merrill Pye


Sam Baerwitz (conceived by)


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Complete credited cast:
Carlos Ramírez ... Specialty Singer (as Carlos Ramirez)
Lucille Norman ... Specialty Singer


A flying bumble bee introduces the orchestral piece "Flight of the Bumble Bee". An unnamed orchestra plays the piece on a darkened set, the literal spotlight shone only on the musician or musicians featured during different passages of the piece. The bumble bee then flies off to Mexico, where a young man, with the assistance of a pipe playing boy, serenades a bouquet gathering señorita, who coyly plays hard to get. But she truly wants her serenader to get her, as she wistfully sings a love song in private to the tune of "Tales from the Vienna Woods". He may only know her true feelings if he catches her singing her song. Written by Huggo

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Featured in The Great Morgan (1946) See more »


The Donkey Serenade
Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by Carlos Ramírez (vocal)
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Nice Musical Short from MGM
27 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Musical Masterpieces (1946)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

It's probably not a good idea to add too much hype to your film so the producers adding "masterpiece" to the title really oversells this thing but for the most part it's entertaining enough to make it worth watching. Carlos Ramirez and Lucille Norman are the stars here as they recreate some classic songs. Up first is an orchestra number on "Flight of the Bumblebee" that manages to be slightly entertaining, although the added bee photography wasn't needed. Up next Ramirez does "The Donkey Serenade" where he and a child sit on a donkey while he sings. Finally, Ramirez and Norman do "Vienna Waltz" together. Again, if you're expecting something great or something that's going to have you singing along then it's best to skip this thing. However, if you're just looking for a fun 9-minutes then this here gets the job done. I thought Ramirez was pretty good in his two numbers and while his singing didn't blow me away, it was at least fun to listen to.

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20 April 1946 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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