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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton and Eileen Christy
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Stephen Foster and the New Christy Minstrels
26 September 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This lightweight update of "Swanee River" (1939) is also in color, but lacks Al Jolson. "I Dream of Jeanie (with the Light Brown Hair)" is not only the title, but also introduces perky Eileen Christy (as Jeanie). She is the love interest of great American songwriter Stephen Foster (Bill Shirley), but he thinks he likes sister Muriel Lawrence (as Inez). Minstrel showman Ray Middleton (as Edwin P. Christy) is the man who helps turn Mr. Foster's songs into hits. Home studio Republic's Rex Allen joins in a partially embarrassing "black-face" sequence, by which time the movie has lost sight of its flimsy plot. It's tuneful, though.

*** I Dream of Jeanie (6/4/52) Allan Dwan ~ Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton, Eileen Christy, Rex Allen


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