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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Unrated | | Biography, Musical | 3 January 1947 (USA)
Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of ... See full summary »

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June Allyson / Jane (segment: "Leave It to Jane")
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Sally Hessler
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James I. Hessler
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Bandleader in Elite Club
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Dinah Shore
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Gower Champion ...
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Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: 'Showboat'. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The mammoth musical of Jerome Kern's dramatic life story!

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Biography | Musical

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3 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silver Lining  »

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$2,841,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,724,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Deleted from the film were the following Jerome Kern songs: "D'Ye Love Me?" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach), sung by Judy Garland, footage available on the 2008 DVD from Warner Home Video (although the song's prologue, which shows Judy interacting with mimes John and Renee Arnaut, is missing the soundtrack) -- "Bill" (lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse), the first chorus sung by Lena Horne, audio available on the 1996 Rhino CD, "Lena Horne at M-G-M: Ain't It the Truth" -- "I've Told Every Little Star" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II), sung by Kathryn Grayson, segueing into "The Song Is You" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II), sung by Kathryn Grayson and Johnny Johnston, footage of this medley available on the 2008 DVD from Warner Home Video -- "Dearly Beloved" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung partially by Johnny Johnston -- and "The Way You Look Tonight" (lyrics by Dorothy Fields), sung partially by Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin). See more »

Goofs

When Kern goes to see Sally at Club Elite in Memphis, he hasn't written Show Boat yet. Therefore, it would be before 1927. However, the song she performs with Van Johnson, "I Won't Dance", wasn't written by Kern until 1935. See more »

Quotes

Victor Herbert: [congratulating Jerome Kern on his composing ability] My boy, you've got a song to sing.
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Look for the Silver Lining
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Music by Jerome Kern
Sung by Judy Garland
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The music man
10 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jerome Kern is the subject of this biopic that MGM put together as an after thought because even though it's about the great composer's life, little is learned about him. The movie was directed by Richard Whorf as a great spectacle, one in which the magnificent talent employed by the studio is showcased interpreting Mr. Kern's music.

The composer is seen arriving in New York and being referred to a man who is supposed to be the best in arranging songs. The fictitious James Hessler is seen as an influential figure who worked close with Mr. Kern and acted as his mentor and collaborator. By his own admission Mr. Kern was not an exciting figure, but he left behind a body of work that still is vital and has survived the passing of time, as his songs became standards.

The main reason for watching the film is to enjoy the MGM stars doing what they did best, singing and dancing for our benefit. In a spectacular and colorful finale, we are treated to a wonderful production number involving Jerome Kern's best known songs.

Robert Walker's take on the composer makes a bland figure out of Mr. Kern. Van Heflin as Hessler proves to be much better. In the musical numbers we are treated by Lena Horne, June Allison, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremen, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury and others.

Although the film doesn't break new ground, it's a wonderful way to catch up with the stars in the background in some great renditions of Jerome Kern's beautiful songs.


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