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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.

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Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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Guy Bolton (story), George Wells (story adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... Jane (segment: "Leave It to Jane")
Lucille Bremer ... Sally Hessler
Judy Garland ... Marilyn Miller
Kathryn Grayson ... Magnolia Hawks (segment "Show Boat") / Kathryn Grayson
Van Heflin ... James I. Hessler
Lena Horne ... Julie LaVerne (segment "Show Boat") / Lena Horne
Van Johnson ... Bandleader in Elite Club
Tony Martin ... Gaylord Ravenal (segment "Show Boat") / Tony Martin
Dinah Shore ... Julia Sanderson / Dinah Shore
Frank Sinatra ... Frank Sinatra
Robert Walker ... Jerome Kern
Gower Champion ... Dance Specialty (segment "Roberta")
Cyd Charisse ... Dance Specialty (segment 'Roberta')
Harry Hayden ... Charles Frohman
Paul Langton ... Oscar Hammerstein II
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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 Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The mammoth musical of Jerome Kern's dramatic life story!

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Biography | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Lining See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,841,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,724,000
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the release print, Frank Sinatra does not begin "Ol' Man River" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) with the verse. However, the verse opens both of Mr. Sinatra's commercial recordings -- the first for Columbia, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl, waxed on December 3, 1944, and originally released as a 78-rpm single, which featured on the flip side, "Stormy Weather" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Ted Koehler); and Frank's second version for Reprise, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, cut on February 18, 1963, and part of "The Concert Sinatra" LP, which has been reissued on an import CD, unveiled by Universal Distribution on November 10, 2009. See more »

Goofs

After leaving Club Elite in Memphis, Jerome walks to the Mississippi river docks where he is inspired to write the music for Show Boat. The river in the background is flowing in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Victor Herbert: [congratulating Jerome Kern on his composing ability] My boy, you've got a song to sing.
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave It to Jane
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse
Sung and danced by June Allyson with Ray McDonald and Chorus
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The music man
10 October 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Jerome Kern is the subject of this biopic that MGM put together as an after thought because even though it's about the great composer's life, little is learned about him. The movie was directed by Richard Whorf as a great spectacle, one in which the magnificent talent employed by the studio is showcased interpreting Mr. Kern's music.

The composer is seen arriving in New York and being referred to a man who is supposed to be the best in arranging songs. The fictitious James Hessler is seen as an influential figure who worked close with Mr. Kern and acted as his mentor and collaborator. By his own admission Mr. Kern was not an exciting figure, but he left behind a body of work that still is vital and has survived the passing of time, as his songs became standards.

The main reason for watching the film is to enjoy the MGM stars doing what they did best, singing and dancing for our benefit. In a spectacular and colorful finale, we are treated to a wonderful production number involving Jerome Kern's best known songs.

Robert Walker's take on the composer makes a bland figure out of Mr. Kern. Van Heflin as Hessler proves to be much better. In the musical numbers we are treated by Lena Horne, June Allison, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremen, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury and others.

Although the film doesn't break new ground, it's a wonderful way to catch up with the stars in the background in some great renditions of Jerome Kern's beautiful songs.


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