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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Unrated | | Biography, Musical | 3 January 1947 (USA)
Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.

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Jane (segment: "Leave It to Jane")
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James I. Hessler
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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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Budget:

$2,841,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of disagreements Robert Walker was having with his MGM bosses, they billed the rest of the cast first, and then "and Robert Walker as Jerome Kern". Since the preceding ten members of the credited cast were billed in alphabetical order, starting with June Allyson and ending with Frank Sinatra, adding Walker's name at the end also conveniently fitted that format, and so made sense both ways. See more »

Goofs

Eva Kern is supposed to be British, very British in fact, but Dorothy Patrick's very Western Canadian accent is directly opposed to achieving that desired effect. 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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Featured in Let's Dance (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

One More Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin) and Chorus
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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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