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This beautiful Technicolor short features the songs of the great American popular composer Stephen Collins Foster. Lovely antebellum costumes and atmosphere foreshadow the MGM production values for Gone with the Wind (1939). Based on Foster's memoirs. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Impressive Direction
17 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Memories and Melodies (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Extremely well-made and highly entertaining MGM short tells the story of Stephen Foster, the famous songwriter who was poor most of his life but classic songs like "My Old Kentucky Home" eventually made him a legend. Being from Kentucky the before mentioned song as well as Foster are very visible and I even grew up a dozen miles from the place he called home. It was interesting hearing a bit about his life but the most shocking thing for me was how well made this movie was. I've seen a few dozen TravelTalks shorts from FitzPatrick and seeing his directing style here really caught me off guard in a good way. I thought it did a masterful job telling the story and the way he handles the drama was extremely well done. The views of blacks will certainly be looked at as politically incorrect with the watermelon site being extremely old fashioned.


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