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I'll See You in My Dreams (1951)

Songwriter Gus Kahn gets the Hollywood treatment. The film chronicles his success and decline, with his wife Grace sticking by him the whole time.

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Grace LeBoy Kahn
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Gus Kahn
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Walter Donaldson
Patrice Wymore ...
Gloria Knight
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Fred Thompson
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Anna
Julie Oshins ...
Johnny Martin
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Sam Harris
Minna Gombell ...
Mrs. LeBoy
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. LeBoy
William Forrest ...
Bunny Lewbel ...
Irene, at age 6
Robert Lyden ...
Donald, at age 8
Mimi Gibson ...
Irene, at age 3
Christopher Olsen ...
Donald, at age 4 (as Christy Olson)
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Songwriter Gus Kahn gets the Hollywood treatment. The film chronicles his success and decline, with his wife Grace sticking by him the whole time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The glorious story of Gus Kahn, the songs he wrote into America's heart, and the girl who put them into his!!!


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24 October 1952 (Sweden)  »

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Jeg faldt for din sang  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Star Danny Thomas and director Michael Curtiz would reteam the following year for another successful musical, the remake of The Jazz Singer (1952). See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot in the nightclub, where Grace tells Gus she's pregnant, she's seen snuffing his cigar out in ashtray. In next shot, he's smoking it, then she yanks it out of his mouth and it extinguishes it a second time. See more »

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Gus Kahn: [sings this to the tune of It Had to Be You] It had to be me that had to get you. I stand 5 foot 10, a man among men, but you're 7'2. I meet lots of girls when I make the rounds, but none are like you 7 foot 2, 70 pounds, but you make me thrill and you always will. I realize Betty you look like spaghetti, but what can I do? It's your fingertips that I adore; when you stand up they touch the floor. It had to be you, wonderful you, 7 foot 2.
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Referenced in Big Jim McLain (1952) See more »

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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn
Played during the sheet music montage
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Nostalgic and sentimental trip down memory lane...
25 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of Hollywoodized biography of a famous composer that springs to life whenever DORIS DAY sings one of those warm and tender melodies. It's Day, at her perkiest, who makes the film rather than DANNY THOMAS, who simply lacked the screen charisma a leading man should have. He's not bad, but brings the film down a notch with his one-dimensional performance.

Thankfully, there are some reliable supporting role players that help Doris sell the film--notably, PATRICE WYMORE, FRANK LOVEJOY and MARY WICKES who all do their best to keep the tale moving along at a brisk pace. Wickes is especially mirthful when she tosses off a one-liner with aplomb and clearly seems to be enjoying her role as a sharp-tongued maid.

The Michael Curtiz touch is not too evident because the story drags in spots, but whenever Doris gets to warble an old-fashioned tune it doesn't matter what else is going on. Her rendition of "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else" is especially touching and her spirited version of "Makin' Whoopie" is another delight. Whether tossing off a ballad or jump tune she can do no wrong.

Doris Day fans will enjoy this tuneful and sentimental trip down memory lane.


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