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Harmony Lane (1935)

The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.


Joseph Santley


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Complete credited cast:
Douglass Montgomery ... Stephen Foster
Evelyn Venable ... Susan Pentland
Adrienne Ames ... Jane McDowell
Joseph Cawthorn ... Professor Henry Kleber
William Frawley ... Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
David Torrence ... Mr. Pentland
Gilbert Emery ... Mr. Foster
Lloyd Hughes ... Andrew Robinson
Al Herman Al Herman ... Tambo
Cora Sue Collins ... Marian Foster
James Bush ... Morrison Foster
Edith Craig Edith Craig ... Henrietta Foster
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Foster
Ferdinand Munier ... Mr. Pond
Clarence Muse ... Old Joe


The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.

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Release Date:

23 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Loves of Stephen Foster See more »

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Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area Sunday 1 June 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Baltimore, it first aired Sunday 11 April 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Chicago Saturday 31 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Philadelphia Sunday 15 August 1948 on WPTZ (Channel 3), and in Cincinnati Saturday 11 September 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4). See more »


Version of Swanee River (1939) See more »


Why No One to Love
Written by Stephen Foster
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Surprisingly good for a film from Mascot Pictures, but this film is bound to not sit well with modern audiences.
19 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Think about it. Stephen Collins Foster was a HUGE influence on minstrel shows in the middle of the 19th century--minstrel shows! So how can you do a film that does his career justice without offending a whole lotta folks?! Well, during the 1930s, this was easy--the public didn't blanch at the antics of the 'happy Negroes' seen throughout the film not at groups of men in black-face performing his tunes. But today, this is bound to ruffle a few feathers--and rightfully so. However, he was a brilliant composer and deserves to be remembered...in context.

This biopic stars Douglass Montgomery--an actor pretty much forgotten today. In fact, the only readily recognizable star is the film is William Frawley--though he's in black-face for several scenes. As for the most important part of the film, its historical accuracy, the movie naturally plays a bit fast and loose with the details of his life--but less so than the typical biopic of the era. What you are left with is a reasonably interesting and watchable film--considering it was made by a low-budget studio. But it is by no means a noteworthy film--except for the moments that it makes you cringe! I particularly loved the film showing how gosh-darn happy and well-treated all the black people were during the days of slavery! So, if you do watch it, hold on to your seats...it might be a very bumpy ride!

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