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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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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Lena Horne was originally filmed singing both "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Bill" in the "Show Boat" scene, but the studio eventually deleted "Bill". See more »
During the "Girl From Utah" segment Dinah Shore is wearing a full skirt. She sits down and her skirt is bunched around her. There is a cut to the audience and then back to her. When it cuts back her skirt is now in a neat circle around her. See more »
Always the same discouraging answer. The big hits were all English or European, and the local talent didn't stand a chance - Broadway was closed to an American.
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I have always liked this movie and as time goes on it seems to be a bit dated but if you like Technicolor and musicals you will like this movie. Most of the stars are unfamiliar to audiences today and you must suspend your belief in this being a true story of Jerome Kern and just enjoy the music and dance. Great Judy Garland sequences and great color. Unfortunately, the movie's copyright has lapsed and you can only get inferior versions on DVD. Occasionally, TCM will show this film with a good print. Jerome Kern, by his own admission, was not very exciting, so having Robert Walker play him didn't harm the man's reputation. Good job by Van Heflin. The worst performance has to be the woman who plays Kern's wife. All musical numbers are well done and great entertainment. I recommend this for anyone who wants to see an old 40's musical, keeping in mind what audiences in those days liked and expected.
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