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Centennial Summer (1946)

 -  History | Musical  -  August 1946 (USA)
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In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

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In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

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"Two Hearts Are Better Than One" (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), intended for this film, was not used. Columbia Records issued Frank Sinatra's version of the song. See more »

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Cinderella Sue
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung and danced by Avon Long and children
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Unremarkable musical film despite it being Kern's last opus

This film has gained more in reputation from being unavailable on video and therefore unavailable for judging. It is not a remarkable work, despite it being Kern's last score for film. He wrote seven new songs for the film: Centennial; All Through The Day; Cinderella Sue; Happy On The Railroad; The Right Romance; Up With The Lark; To Be In Love In Vain. The only one of any worth is ALL THROUGH THE DAY, which earned one of the film's two Oscar noms, for Best Song. The film also earned a nomination for Scoring. I would have given it a nod for Original Score and certainly nods to the Art Direction and Costume Design which are lavish and varied.

It is bucolic enough but rather a bore and rather predictable. It is 1876 in Philadelphia and the Centennial celebration brings to sedate couple Dorothy Gish and Walter Brennan, Gish's sister, Zenia, from France. She is the dashing Constance Bennett who brings with her an assistant, the dashing Cornel Wilde. Both of the household's daughters lay their caps for him. Will Jeanne Crain or Linda Darnell win him? That's about the entire plot.

There is a marvelous and odd little specialty piece - Cinderella Sue - sung by African American, Avon Long, and a group of children - thrown in for no other reason than its charm, I suppose. I hear it's controversial though the reason is not apparent to me, and is often shortened or cut for television viewings.

This is certainly a pleasant piece but it is nothing special.


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