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Director:
Writers:
Guy Bolton (story)
George Wells (story)
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Release Date:
3 January 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The mammoth musical of Jerome Kern's dramatic life story!
Plot:
Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Inspired Musical Numbers For Lightweight Bio-Pic See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

June Allyson ... Jane Witherspoon (segment "Leave It to Jane") / Lou Ellen Carter (segment "Oh, Boy!")
Lucille Bremer ... Sally Hessler

Judy Garland ... Marilyn Miller

Kathryn Grayson ... Magnolia Hawks (segment "Show Boat") / Herself

Van Heflin ... James I. Hessler

Lena Horne ... Julie LaVerne (segment "Show Boat") / Herself

Van Johnson ... Bandleader in Elite Club

Tony Martin ... Gaylord Ravenal (segment "Show Boat") / Himself

Dinah Shore ... Una Trance (segment "The Girl from Utah") / Herself

Frank Sinatra ... Frank Sinatra

Robert Walker ... Jerome Kern
Gower Champion ... Dance Specialty (segment "Roberta")

Cyd Charisse ... Dance Specialty (segment 'Roberta')
Harry Hayden ... Charles Frohman

Paul Langton ... Oscar Hammerstein II

Angela Lansbury ... London Specialty
Paul Maxey ... Victor Herbert
Ray McDonald ... Dance Specialty (segment "Leave It to Jane") / George Budd (segment "Oh, Boy!")

Mary Nash ... Mrs. Muller

Virginia O'Brien ... Ellie May Shipley (segment "Show Boat") / Herself
Dorothy Patrick ... Eva Kern
Caleb Peterson ... Joe (segment "Show Boat")
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Joe Hennessey (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Joan Wells ... Sally Hessler as a Girl
The Wilde Twins ... Specialty Act
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alban ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
John Albright ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Jean Andren ... Secretary (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gloria Joy Arden ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Lee Bennett ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Maid (uncredited)
Charles Bradstreet ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Linda Brent ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Arnaut Brothers ... Bird Act (uncredited)
Alma Carroll ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Ms. Larouche (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Steve Baker (segment "Show Boat") (uncredited)
James Darrell ... Critic (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Katie (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Dick Earle ... Critic (uncredited)
Ed Elby ... Critic (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Cecil Keller (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Sally Forrest ... Showgirl (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Frohman's Secretary (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Critic (uncredited)
James Grey ... Bull Clown (uncredited)
Charles Griffin ... Critic (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Cap'n Andy Hawks (segment "Show Boat") (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Club Elite Patron (uncredited)
Mary Hatcher ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Producer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man Waiting in Frohman's Office (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Critic (uncredited)
Fred Hueston ... Critic (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Maurice Kelly ... Dance Specialty (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Rural Postman (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Charles Madrin ... Critic (uncredited)
Mickey Malloy ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Swivel Chair Lady (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dance Specialty (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Leonard Mellen ... Critic (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Critic (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Private Detective (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Elite Club Diner (uncredited)
George Murray ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Hazard Newsberry ... Critic (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Ed (uncredited)
George Peters ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Moving Man (uncredited)
James Plato ... Critic (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Show Boat Orchestra Drummer (uncredited)
Lee Smith ... Critic (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Critic (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Man with Parasol Idea (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Movie Studio Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Irene Vernon ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Alice Wallace ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Don Wayson ... Private Detective (uncredited)
Lee Wilde ... Specialty (segment 'The Cat and the Fiddle') (uncredited)
Lyn Wilde ... Specialty (segment 'The Cat and the Fiddle') (uncredited)

Esther Williams ... Esther Williams (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Critic (uncredited)
Douglas Wright ... Bull Clown (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Whorf 
Vincente Minnelli (Judy Garland numbers) (uncredited)
George Sidney (Hollywood finale sequence) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Guy Bolton (story)

George Wells (story adaptation)

Myles Connolly (screenplay) and
Jean Holloway (screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography)
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Valles (costumes: men)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... direction and staging of musical numbers
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Kay Thompson .... vocal arranger
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Vincente Minnelli .... director: Judy Garland's numbers
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Charles Walters .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
132 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | UK:U (original rating) (1947-2005) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #11781)

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Trivia:
During the circus horseback sequence in the show "Sunny" Judy Garland was doubled by a professional rider from the Ringling Brothers Circus. The switch is made when the extras crowd around her just before she enters the ring and goes to the horse. The camera is far enough away for the rest of the sequence that the face of the double is not clear.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the "Girl From Utah" segment Dinah shore is wearing a full skirt. She sits down and her skirt is bunched around her. There is a cut to the audience and then back to her. When it cuts back her skirt is now in a neat circle around her.See more »
Quotes:
Victor Herbert:[congratulating Jerome Kern on his composing ability] My boy, you've got a song to sing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Gray Matters (2006/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Land Where the Good Songs GoSee more »

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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Inspired Musical Numbers For Lightweight Bio-Pic, 14 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Jerome Kern died while MGM's bio-pic TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY was still in the pre-production stage--and while Kern had been more than willing for MGM to tell all, his estate was considerably more reticent. In order to avoid any legal issues, MGM scrapped their original intentions, wrote up a fluffy script that bore little similarity to Kern's life, and crammed the film with every musical star available in a non-stop series of drop-dead-stunning production numbers.

The result may be extremely bad biography, but leading man Robert Walker and co-star Van Heflin keep the sentimental story moving--and the musical numbers are piled on top of each other so quickly that one doesn't really question it. The film opens with a lengthy montage from SHOWBOAT, Kern's innovative masterpiece, that features knock-out performances from Lena Horne, Katheryn Grayson, and Virgina O'Brien, and then quickly segues into a series of star-solos that feature June Allyson, Gower Champion, Cyd Charisse, Angela Lansbury, Dinah Shore, and Frank Sinatra.

Along the way we are also treated to an extended cameo by Judy Garland, performing "Look For The Silver Lining" precisely as Marilyn Miller played it on stage and singing "Who?" to a staircase of chorus boys--which Garland was said to find most amusing, considering that she was pregnant at the time. Also notable is Lucille Bremer in the role of Robert Walker's stage-struck ward; although her star quickly faded, Bremer is an attractive performer and shows her talent for song and dance here by teaming with Van Johnson for a spirited version of "I Won't Dance." TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY will not appeal to most casual viewers, for the story line and script are much too weak. But musical fans will love this one all the way from Lansbury doing a Cockney "Spoon With Me" to Sinatra belting out "Old Man River." As a Jerome Kern song-and-dance fest, the movie can't be beat, and it should have a place in every musical fan's collection.

Unfortunately, TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY has slipped into public domain. DVD releases abound, but none seem to offer respectable picture or sound; if you can find the original MGM video release, grab it.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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