I Dream Too Much (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Musical  |  29 November 1935 (USA)
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Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
'Johnny' Street
Eric Blore ...
Roger Briggs
Osgood Perkins ...
Paul Darcy
Lucien Littlefield ...
Hubert Dilley
Gwendolyn Dilley
Darcy's Pianist
Paul Porcasi ...
Uncle Tito
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Boy on Carousel (as Scott Beckett)


Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and does the cooking and cleaning. To get his music published, Annette takes it to Paul and he is won over - by her voice and not the music. So he manages her career and she becomes a star as an opera singer everywhere she goes. Since Jonathan cannot sell anything he writes, he leaves Annette and that makes Annette sad as she wants only to be his wife. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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29 November 1935 (USA)  »

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A Voz do Amor  »

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1.37 : 1
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Bell Song
from the opera "Lakmé" (1881-82)
Music by Léo Delibes (as Delibes)
Libretto by Edmond Gondinet (uncredited) and Philippe Gille (uncredited)
Sung by Lily Pons (uncredited) at her opera debut
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Lily Serenades Her Jockey
13 May 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Mid Thirties was a great time for opera when after Grace Moore had scored so well in One Night Of Love all the studios immediately rushed out to sign their own sopranos. MGM already had Jeanette MacDonald, but Columbia had Moore, Paramount signed Gladys Swarthout and RKO signed Lily Pons for this film, I Dream Too Much.

In between all the high Cs that Pons hit, I Dream Too Much is the story of a boy and girl for whom success does not come at the same time. Lily Pons while trying to escape her strict music teacher for a night of fun and frolic, lands on Henry Fonda as she's climbing out her window. Wouldn't you know it Fonda turns out to be a budding composer and after a night on the town, they wind up married.

But while she gains acclaim for her singing, Fonda just can't get any notice for his music. The same plot was used in the MGM Jeanette MacDonald-Lew Ayres film Broadway Serenade so if you've seen that you know how this one goes. That one however was more dramatic and this was played more for comedy.

What I Dream Too Much does have going for it are four Jerome Kern- Dorothy Fields songs to go with the operatic arias that Ms. Pons does. The best known of these is The Jockey On The Carousel which Lily sings while on a carousel to little Scotty Beckett.

Fonda in a comic role has little to do, but display a kind of oafish charm. The film is clearly a vehicle for Lily Pons and he knows it.

As for the film, it still retains a lot of charm. I wish opera and operetta were still done on the big screen, but that day as come and gone. And we sure don't have composers like Jerome Kern writing for the screen either.

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