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Song of the City (1937)

Passed | | Musical, Drama | 2 April 1937 (USA)
Idle San Franciscan (Dean Jagger, billed as Jeffrey Dean) falls overboard and is rescued by Italian fishermen. He gets involved with family, including aspiring opera singer (Margaret ... See full summary »

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Paul Herrick (as Jeffrey Dean)
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Idle San Franciscan (Dean Jagger, billed as Jeffrey Dean) falls overboard and is rescued by Italian fishermen. He gets involved with family, including aspiring opera singer (Margaret Lindsay) and learns about life and love. Written by Ed Lorusso

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A Melodia da Metrópole  »

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San Francisco
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Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Played as background in the opening scene
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HOKUM IN MARIN COUNTY
9 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You've got to hand it to MGM. By the late 1930's even their most middling B-pictures' production values would make most of the other studios green with envy. The question is why MGM would lavish their efforts on a predictable soap opera like SONG OF THE CITY-- whose implausible-yet-predictable story line should have never made it past a reader's desk. Implausible? Dean Jagger (as Jeffrey Dean) plays an introspective idler--- he's broke, but still manages to keep a servant on in his plush pad on Knob Hill (could Depression-era audiences really relate to this?) who's just blown through a $150K wad of his girlfriend's dough on a miscalculated stock deal. Don't fret, she's still got $19,850,000.00 to go and she inexplicably loves him. Deano goes on a bender across the bay and falls in the drink. He's rescued (remember this was riding on the crest of MGM's CAPTAIN'S COURAGEOUS) by a bunch of stereotypical Italian fishermen (Nat Pendleton, an Italian?) who happen to have a fetchin' singin' daughter. Complications ensure when the rich girlfriend wants him back. Yawn! Not really a musical, not much of a comedy... absolutely no relation to reality. Blah... 4/10


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