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I Dream of Jeanie (1952)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 15 June 1952 (USA)
The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edwin P. Christy
Bill Shirley ...
Muriel Lawrence ...
Inez McDowell
Eileen Christy ...
Jeanie McDowell
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Mr. Tambo
Lynn Bari ...
Mrs. McDowell
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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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(Trucolor)

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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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Oh for Louisiana
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Ray Middleton
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I DREAM OF JEANIE (With The Light Brown Hair) (Allan Dwan, 1952) **1/2
22 December 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

On the surface, this is a poor man's SWANEE RIVER (1939) – the big-budget 20th Century Fox biopic of celebrated American songwriter Stephen Foster (played in that film by Don Ameche); actually, there had been an even earlier film version of the same events entitled HARMONY LANE (1935) and starring Douglass Montgomery!

This Republic production is, nevertheless, a colorful diversion – with a third-rate cast scoring quite nicely with their enthusiastic performances, and especially Ray Middleton (as famous minstrel man, E. P. Christy – portrayed in SWANEE RIVER by Al Jolson, and whom Middleton appears to be mimicking throughout), Muriel Lawrence (as Foster's snobbish fiancée) and Eileen Christy (as her earthier younger sister, the Jeanie of the title). However, the actor who portrays Foster here – Bill Shirley – is rather weak and fails to do real justice to the troubled, short-lived composer! Rotund character actor Percy Helton has a nice supporting role as Foster's sarcastic employer during his day job as a book-keeper.

The film starts off amiably enough, but the second half is mostly bogged down by an uninterrupted succession of musical numbers – although Middleton's forceful, slightly campy portrayal of the flamboyant Christy does a lot to enliven proceedings nevertheless. Prolific Hollywood veteran Dwan dabbled in practically every genre; this, in fact, wasn't his first musical – having earlier made the 1939 version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS (also known as THE SINGING MUSKETEER, and whose recently-released DVD edition I need to pick up, especially now that I've just acquired a number of his work via budget releases from VCI). For the record, three cast members from the film – Middleton, Shirley and Christy – were re-united with their director here for next year's SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE.


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