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 »
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
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Tony Martin, already identified, via his December 19, 1939 Decca recording, with the incomparable ballad, "All the Things You Are" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II ), waxed another version for Mercury around the time of the film's Manhattan debut. Mercury paired Tony's remake with his solo of "Make Believe" (lyrics by Hammerstein) on a 78-rpm single. The MGM Records soundtrack album featured, as part of the "Show Boat" medley, Tony singing "Who Cares If My Boat Goes Up Stream?" (lyrics by Hammerstein) and a Martin-Kathryn Grayson duet of "Make Believe." On CD, Tony's one Decca side has a place on "Hear My Song" from the British label Flare in 1999; his two recordings from December 21, 1946 (first issued on a single one full year later) count among "The Best of Tony Martin: The Mercury Years," issued in 1996; and all of his movie vocals are contained on film-score releases from Sony in 1992 and then by The Soundtrack Factory, a Spanish label, in 2000. See more »
After the Una Trance number, the cover shot of the audience applauding clearly shows one audience member in an aisle seat wearing an Army uniform of World War II vintage, even though the scene was set years before that. It indicates that was taken from stock footage. See more »
[congratulating Jerome Kern on his composing ability]
My boy, you've got a song to sing.
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An interesting film where MGM was at the highest of heights
Well this is an interesting film from the times when MGM was simply an enormous studio pouring out more film then, it seems we could ever watch.
I have to say this film is simply boring and the length is far too long. The idea of the film is great and there's one more factor that makes it memorable.
They say MGM had more stars then were in the galaxy. They have plenty in this film and some still stand today. Judy (Garland), Angela (Lansbury) and Frank (Sinatra) all gave the film zest with their musical numbers. However the only problem with the film is, it's very hard to watch in just one showing.
However if you like the history of MGM, watch the studio with power, zest and plenty of stars to pass the time as those clouds roll by.
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