The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.

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Susan Pentland
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Professor Henry Kleber
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Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
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Mr. Pentland
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Mr. Foster
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Andrew Robinson
Al Herman ...
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Marian Foster
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Henrietta Foster
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Mrs. Foster
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The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.

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composer | alcoholism | usa | song | slave | See All (35) »

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The Heart Song of a Great American See more »


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23 October 1935 (USA)  »

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This film received its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area Sunday 1 June 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Version of Swanee River (1939) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
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7 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This is a biography on the famous songwriter, Stephen Foster. If you don't know who that is, he's the guy responsible for Old Folks At Home, I Dream Of Jeannie and Swanee River among other compositions. This biography doesn't really tell you much in terms of gossip about the guy (he had a failed marriage that turned him to drink!) and the acting here is just OK, with Douglass Montgomery's hideous age makeup overpowering his performance here. I guess the main focus is the music. I guess that's not bad, but mind you, we're talking the later 1800's hit parade here. So like we're talking about like 'Beautiful Dreamer" territory here. One thing though, I just love how the main music is strains of 'Old Folks At Home'. I mean, you've never heard the song used as a background to a man under a drink's spell!


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