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I Dream Too Much (1935)

Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screen play) (as Edmund North), James Gow (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ... Annette Monard
Henry Fonda ... 'Johnny' Street
Eric Blore ... Roger Briggs
Osgood Perkins ... Paul Darcy
Lucien Littlefield ... Hubert Dilley
Lucille Ball ... Gwendolyn Dilley
Mischa Auer ... Darcy's Pianist
Paul Porcasi ... Uncle Tito
Scotty Beckett ... Boy on Carousel (as Scott Beckett)
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Storyline

Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and does the cooking and cleaning. To get his music published, Annette takes it to Paul and he is won over - by her voice and not the music. So he manages her career and she becomes a star as an opera singer everywhere she goes. Since Jonathan cannot sell anything he writes, he leaves Annette and that makes Annette sad as she wants only to be his wife. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Golden Voice of LILY PONS ...is on the silver screen...singing her way into your heart in a brilliant modern drama...! (Print Ad-Evening Star, ((Washington DC)) 30 December 1935) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Lucille Ball, who appears in a bit part as a gawky American teenage tourist in Paris, eventually owned the RKO studio lot with husband Desi Arnaz, as their Desilu Productions facility. See more »

Goofs

Goddess was incorrectly called a seal. She was a sea lion. Seals don't have external ears. See more »

Quotes

Annette Monard: Don't you think you could stand me? Just for a little while? Just so I could get away from here? I would cook for you and make your bed, and I would try to put on a little fat.
Jonathan 'Johnny' Street: No. It's impossible. I'd treat you very badly. You'd interfere with my work and I couldn't have that. I'd probably beat you!
Annette Monard: Of course! But I wouldn't care!
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Soundtracks

Caro Nome
(1851)
from the opera "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (uncredited)
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Lily Pons hits some nice high notes...that's about it...
14 February 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The very concept of HENRY FONDA (the "aw shucks" guy from the sticks) as the husband of an opera singer (LILY PONS) is a weak idea that must have posed quite a problem for the scriptwriters. You have to wonder how audiences accepted this idea way back then because Fonda's youthful image was strictly the unsophisticated farm boy type.

But that's not the only improbable thing about I DREAM TOO MUCH. The slight story is silly (as most musicals of the '30s were), and enjoyment of the film will depend entirely on whether or not you like to hear Miss Pons give out with her flute-like operatic voice on several well chosen arias. She certainly had an amazing vocal range and her rendition of "The Bell Song" from L'Akme is a highlight of this otherwise rather ordinary film.

ERIC BLORE is there for a few standard comic routines and you can even catch a glimpse of LUCILLE BALL as a tourist in one of her early roles at RKO. But there's nothing much one can say about the film itself except that it gave audiences a chance to hear why Pons was such a favorite at the Met for a period amounting to something like thirty years. Otherwise, it's strictly routine stuff as romantic comedy, coming to life only when Pons sings.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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