Biography of songwriter and Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern (Robert Walker). Unable to find immediate success in the U.S., Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva Leale (Dorothy Patrick).
Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: 'Showboat'.Written by
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Forty one years after this film was released, Angela Lansbury performed 'How'd You Like to Spoon With Me,' her specialty song from the movie, on 'Murder She Wrote.' See more »
No matter what year the story is taking place, Sydney Guilaroff's women's hairstyles, Helen Rose's costumes, which display her usual devotion to shoulder pads, as well as Lennie Hayton's musical arrangements, are all more or less in the style of 1946, which may have gone unnoticed by contemporary audiences at the time of the film's original release, but are strangely out of place and anachronistic today, particularly during the 1920s episodes. See more »
The last time I saw Paris, Her heart was warm and gay, No matter how they change her, I'll remember her that way.
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[Scrolling Prologue] This story of Jerome Kern is best told in the bars and measures, the quarter notes and grace notes of his own music - - that music that sings so eloquently his love of people, love of country, love of life. We who have sung it and will sing it to our children can only be grateful that he gave his life to music - - and gave that music to us.
On December 27, 1927, the curtain went up on the most exciting night of his life - the opening of his immortal "Show Boat." And there we join him - See more »
This biographical movie about the life and music of Jerome Kern has a number of good sequences that make it worth watching. A great deal of the movie consists simply of recreations of stage numbers from Kern's many musicals, and indeed these account for many of the best parts of the movie. It also adds a light and highly stylized account of his career, which is often bland, but occasionally has some nice moments.
It starts with Kern, at the height of his popularity, attending the opening of "Show Boat", and it features a lengthy staging of portions of that show. From there, it has Kern telling the story of his career up to that point, his work with a fictional mentor and later with collaborator Oscar Hammerstein, and his marriage. These episodes are frequently interlaced with more musical numbers of varying lengths.
The pattern works well enough in general, as something of a slight variant of the usual musical format. The main flaw is that it is really a bit too long for the material it contains. Much of it has little real substance as a story, and it works better as light entertainment. It does at times touch on some real issues, most particularly in following the mentor's daughter as she grows up.
Robert Walker is solid as Kern, and Van Heflin gets some good moments portraying the wise, slightly grouchy mentor. But some of the best moments are provided not by any of the main characters but by stars like Judy Garland, Lena Horne, and June Allyson, who appear in the musical numbers. Most of these are enjoyable, and a couple of them are show-stoppers. They probably provide the main reason for watching the movie as a whole.
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