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24 December 1954 (USA) See more »
M-G-M's Finest Musical in Color
Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg. | Add synopsis »
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José Ferrer ... Sigmund Romberg

Merle Oberon ... Dorothy Donnelly
Helen Traubel ... Anna Mueller

Doe Avedon ... Lillian Harris Romberg

Walter Pidgeon ... J.J. Shubert

Paul Henreid ... Florenz Ziegfeld

Tamara Toumanova ... Gaby Deslys

Paul Stewart ... Bert Townsend
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Harris
David Burns ... Lazar Berrison, Sr.

Jim Backus ... Ben Judson

Rosemary Clooney ... Rosemary Clooney

Gene Kelly ... O'Brien Brother
Fred Kelly ... O'Brien brother

Jane Powell ... Jane Powell

Vic Damone ... Vic Damone

Ann Miller ... Ann Miller
William Olvis ... William Olvis

Cyd Charisse ... Cyd Charisse

James Mitchell ... James Mitchell

Howard Keel ... Howard Keel'

Tony Martin ... Tony Martin

Joan Weldon ... Joan Weldon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Douglas Fowley ... Harold Butterfield
Aladdin ... Violinist (uncredited)

John Alvin ... Mr. Mulvaney (uncredited)
Margaret Bacon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Richard Beavers ... Singer (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Lodge Guest (uncredited)
Tailor Boswell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Else Bäck ... Mrs. Novak (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Lodge Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jeanne Dante ... Lodge Guest (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Bit Part (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Robert Easton ... Cumberly (uncredited)

Marietta Elliott ... Dancer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)

John George ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Gleason ... Dancer (uncredited)
Peggy Gordon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Clerk (uncredited)
Jean Harrison ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Hurley Gurdy Man (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Miss Cranbrook (uncredited)

Mitchell Kowall ... Oscar Hammerstein II (uncredited)
Joan Larkin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... Dinner Patron (uncredited)
Henri Letondal ... François (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Waitress (uncredited)

Susan Luckey ... Arabella Bell (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joan McKellen ... Dancer (uncredited)

Torben Meyer ... Card Player (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Dinner Patron (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lane Nakano ... Japanese Butler (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Dinner Patron (uncredited)

Maudie Prickett ... Lodge Manager (uncredited)
Joe Roach ... Groom in 'Louis XIV' (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Card Player (uncredited)
Betty Scott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Novak (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Judge (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Russ Tamblyn ... Lazar Berrison, Jr. (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Bride in 'Louis XIV' (uncredited)
Jean Vander Pyl ... Miss Zimmermann (uncredited)

Bobby Watson ... Florist (uncredited)
Ruben Wendorf ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Leola Wendorff ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gordon Wynn ... Treasurer (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elliott Arnold  book
Leonard Spigelgass 

Produced by
Roger Edens .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes: men)
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Harold Humbrock .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Logan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Blake Jones .... colorist (home video) (uncredited)
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch .... conductor
Adolph Deutsch .... music supervisor
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... arranger & orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... choral arranger
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Eugene Loring .... choreographer

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132 min | Portugal:119 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)
Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17127, General Audience)

Did You Know?

Donna Reed was initially cast as Lillian Harris Romberg, but production delays with The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) led her to be replaced with Doe Avedon.See more »
Dorothy Donnelly:You have talent. That's very rare in the theater.
Sigmund Romberg:You have a warm smile. That's even rarer.
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Movie Connections:
References Maytime (1937)See more »
Auf WiedersehnSee more »


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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
That's entertainment, 1 February 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This MGM little gem, evidently, has been forgotten. I don't recall having seen it before, so it was a complete surprise when TCM showed it recently. MGM certainly was the studio where musicals were done right because of its power and its resources.

The choice of Stanley Donen as director was the right one. Mr. Donen's distinguished career in this genre, as well as his contribution to musicals, enhances this a winning film. We don't watch musicals looking for high brow entertainment, but when we find one that has a story line, the numbers are brilliantly staged with beautiful costumes, then we have a winner, as it's the case with "Deep in my Heart".

Siegmund Romberg was one of the most beloved composers working on the Broadway stages at the beginning of the last century. His collaboration with Dorothy Donnelly produced a string of winning musicals that helped establish his reputation as one of the best musicians working in America.

Of course, this is a film that, by today's standards, would be considered politically incorrect. At no time do we learn that Mr. Romberg was Jewish, or that he had come to America after having suffered discrimination in Europe. Like the great American composers of the early 20th century, Mr. Romberg drew upon his European roots and the popular culture of the times he encountered in his adopted country.

One of the best cinema actors of the time, Jose Ferrer, plays the title role. Mr. Ferrer gives an excellent portrait of the composer during his life. He makes Mr. Romberg a joy to watch. Having known this great actor personally, and having admired him for his work in films and the theater, brought back happy memories.

The rest of the cast is equally interesting. Merle Oberon makes a beautiful Dorothy Donnelly, the woman who was the other half of the composing team. We see in smaller roles Walter Pigeon, Paul Henried, Paul Stewart, Jim Backus, Helen Traubel. Doe Avedon is Lillian, the woman who stole Romberg's heart.

One of the benefits of having made the movie at MGM is the added bonus of seeing stars of the magnitude of Gene and Fred Kelly, Ann Miller, Rosemary Clooney, Cyd Charise, Tony Martin, Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, Vic Damone interpreting the best Romberg's songs as part of whatever musical he was working at the time.

A movie to treasure.

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