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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 ... Gene Kelly
Fred Kelly ... Fred Kelly

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)
Robert Carson ... Lodge Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

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

Robert Easton ... Cumberly (uncredited)
Marietta Elliott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Gleason ... Dancer (uncredited)
Peggy Gordon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Harrison ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Miss Cranbrook (uncredited)
Mitchell Kowall ... Oscar Hammerstein II (uncredited)
Joan Larkin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Henri Letondal ... François (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Waitress (uncredited)

Susan Luckey ... Arabella Bell (uncredited)
Joan McKellen ... Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Card Player (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lane Nakano ... Japanese Butler (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)
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Novak (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Judge (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
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:
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Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)
Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (PCA #17127, General Audience)

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Susan Luckey's first film project.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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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The trouble with songwriter biographies is.................., 18 November 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Way back in the day when the big studios did biographical pictures about composers and songwriters all they were was an excuse to do a lot of musical numbers by that composer. The real lives of the composers were either too dull like Jerome Kern or like Cole Porter way too naughty to be discussed in earnest.

Sigmund Romberg hardly had a dull life and I wish that some of it would have been shown. Watching this film you would never know he was Jewish and came to this country to both escape the draft for the Hapsburg army and because of the vicious anti-Semitism in Vienna as typified by Vienna's mayor, Karl Lueger a precursor of Hitler. I think that's a theme that should have been explored and is crucial to understanding him.

The real Romberg who wrote those wonderful Viennese schmaltz melodies was a lot like the Jewish peddler in Ship of Fools, celebrating that culture which discriminated against him. Remember he was proud and rightly so of the Iron Cross he won in World War I. Romberg fortunately for him and the world of songwriting was not half the fool that the peddler was.

That being said, Romberg is delightfully essayed by that most castable of players Jose Ferrer. Ferrer with that impeccable diction, courtesy of the Triangle Club at Princeton, played every kind of nationality in his screen career and he's great here. He has a great monologue in this where he's describing a current project where he plays all the parts in the musical he's writing at the moment.

Merle Oberon rings true with her portrayal of Dorothy Donnelly who collaborated with Romberg on Student Prince and My Maryland. She was crushing on Sigmund big time, but Ferrer only had eyes for Doe Avedon who played his beloved Lillian Harris.

Operetta plots are so silly that productions are hardly ever done today. Criticism of such work as Maytime, Student Prince, Desert Song and New Moon rightly belong in those films, but speaking as someone who likes good melodies, Sigmund Romberg certainly composed them in abundance. MGM dragged out a good group of performers to do them. A particular favorite here is Tony Martin singing Lover Come Back to Me from the New Moon.

One of the reasons that this film came out in 1954 was also because Romberg had a posthumous hit running on Broadway at the time. The Girl in Pink Tights opened that year with lyrics done by Leo Robin to some unpublished melodies that Romberg had written.

My parents when they were alive remembered seeing Sigmund Romberg in concert. The film at the end gives a glimpse of Romberg conducting an orchestra as he did often in the last 15 years of his life and Ferrer does ring true with Romberg the performer. Also performing was Helen Traubel, Wagnerian soprano who was also enjoying a good run as Jimmy Durante's, Margaret Dumont. MGM took advantage of her small screen popularity by casting her in Deep In My Heart.

Don't expect the life of Sigmund Romberg here, but be prepared for a great melodic treat.

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