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I Dream of Jeanie (1952)

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

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(screenplay) (as Alan LeMay)
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Cast

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Edwin P. Christy
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Muriel Lawrence ...
Inez McDowell
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Jeanie McDowell
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Mr. Tambo
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Mrs. McDowell
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Dunning Foster (as Richard Simmons)
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Milford Wilson (as Robert Neil)
Andrew Tombes ...
R.E. Howard
James Dobson ...
Spike
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Mr. Horker
Glen Turnbull ...
Glenn Turnbull / Speciality Dancer (as Glenn Turnbull)
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Mammy
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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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ROMANCE - MUSIC - COMEDY of SHOWBOAT DAYS!(original poster -mostly caps)t

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Biography | Drama | Music

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15 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Quotes

[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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Connections

Remake of Swanee River (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh for Louisiana
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Ray Middleton
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Entertaining film despite obvious Hollywood stereotypes
14 June 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

An interesting film, despite the slightly overblown sentimentality and romance. Great music and ballads. Disturbing slave-era imagery, and even more disturbing, but historically accurate black face performances in the portrayal of Christy's Minstrels.

The one thing I would like to know is how accurate are the portrayals of E.P. Christy and Stephen Foster? Christy's Minstrels was a black face troupe, and their performances are among the more disquieting moments in the film...you want to enjoy the music...but can't due to the irreconcilable racist undertones.

All in all it's an enjoyable film, but be cautioned that your kids might ask "why are those people wearing black paint?" an honest question and worthy of in-depth dialog to help "foster" respect for all people in upcoming generations.

It feels like a film from the early thirties, surprisingly it's from '52. I bought it for the performance of "Beautiful Dreamer."


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