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I Dream of Jeanie (1952)

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The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Middleton ...
Edwin P. Christy
Bill Shirley ...
Muriel Lawrence ...
Inez McDowell
Eileen Christy ...
Jeanie McDowell
Rex Allen ...
Mr. Tambo
Lynn Bari ...
Mrs. McDowell
Dick Simmons ...
Dunning Foster (as Richard Simmons)
Scott Elliott ...
Milford Wilson (as Robert Neil)
Andrew Tombes ...
R.E. Howard
James Dobson ...
Spike
Percy Helton ...
Mr. Horker
Glen Turnbull ...
Glenn Turnbull / Speciality Dancer (as Glenn Turnbull)
Louise Beavers ...
Mammy
James Kirkwood ...
Doctor
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Freddie (as Carl Dean Switzer)
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The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

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15 June 1952 (USA)  »

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Canzone del Mississipi  »

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$515,134 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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[Stephen shows the sheet music from his first song to two of his friends]
First Co-Worker: Let's see where it says you wrote it!
Stephen Foster: Well, I guess it doesn't say.
Second Co-Worker: Did you get much for it?
Stephen Foster: Oh, he didn't pay me anything.
First Co-Worker: Did you even get any royalties?
Stephen Foster: Listen, he's doing me a big favor just to print it - didn't charge me a cent.
Second Co-Worker: Boy, how 'bout that minstrel man, Christy? Didn't he pay ya?
Stephen Foster: Certainly not. I'm proud to have him sing it.
First Co-Worker: Gee, it looks like you oughta get a little something just for thinkin' it up!
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Referenced in It's Always Fair Weather (1955) See more »

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Oh for Louisiana
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Ray Middleton
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What a sorry hero this film presents
16 February 2005 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I also watched the DVD that resurrected this forgotten film. The minstrel show scene aside (and that was not considered particularly hateful by white society in 1952), the racism isn't any more offensive than anything you might see in "Gone with the Wind." Ray Middleton is fun to watch as an egotistical hambone of a showman, but he is not the hero of this story. This film's real crime is to make the film's subject, songwriter Stephen Foster, the most unappealing, weak-willed, limp dishrag of a person ever to have a film centered around him, and there was no compensating spark of personality, wit, or nobility to counterbalance that impression. There was a sense of romance about him, in a wan, hopeless, tear-in-the-eye Pierrot sort of way. But really – he was portrayed as such a sad sack human doormat that you couldn't even feel sorry for him. I found it altogether puzzling.


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