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15 June 1952 (USA) See more »
The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ray Middleton ... Edwin P. Christy

Bill Shirley ... Stephen Foster
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

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Freddie (as Carl Dean Switzer)
Fred Moultrie ... Chitlin (as Freddie Moultrie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Cop (uncredited)
Leslie Bennett ... Kid (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Messenger (uncredited)
James Moultrie ... Shad (uncredited)

Isabel Randolph ... (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Tough Saloon Mate (uncredited)
Peter Roman ... Kid (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Saloon Brawl Participant (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Cop (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Drum Major (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay)

Original Music by
Robert Armbruster (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Art Direction by
Frank Hotaling 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
James Redd 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kenneth Holmes .... production manager
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
John Stransky Jr. .... sound (as John A. Stransky Jr.)
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... key grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... music adaptor
Robert Armbruster .... musical director
Ned Freeman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dance director
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter

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90 min
Color (Trucolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

[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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Be afraid, be very, very, afraid..., 20 April 2008
Author: aciolino from United States

Just picked up this film for a buck at National Wholesale Liquidators, and after watching it, I feel like I got ripped-off.

I don't know that I've seen a worse film than this. Honestly. And I would never write a negative review of a film had I not such enormous respect for the subject matter, that is, Stephen Foster and his music.

First, what is it? It's a musical biography? Yeah, lot's of tunes by Foster then interspersed here and there are these pseudo-Broadway-Jerome Kern-type numbers that reek more than the Mississippi delta. I mean, somebody got PAID to write this drivel? Secondly, the REAL story of Foster is a fascinating one. Why not even come CLOSE to it? Thirdly, what did they have on the great Ray Middleton to get him to do this film? Pictures of him with small boys?? With communists? What a waste of a great talent.

So, friends of Foster, and the truth, and good entertainment, be afraid... be very, very, afraid.

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