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Deep in My Heart (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | 24 December 1954 (USA)
Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.


Stanley Donen

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Sigmund Romberg
Merle Oberon ... Dorothy Donnelly
Helen Traubel Helen Traubel ... Anna Mueller
Doe Avedon ... Lillian Harris Romberg
Walter Pidgeon ... J.J. Shubert
Paul Henreid ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Tamara Toumanova ... Gaby Deslys
Paul Stewart ... Bert Townsend
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Harris
David Burns ... Lazar Berrison, Sr.
Jim Backus ... Ben Judson
Douglas Fowley ... Harold Butterfield
Rosemary Clooney ... Performer in 'That Midnight Girl'
Gene Kelly ... O'Brien Brother - Performer in 'Dancing Around'
Fred Kelly Fred Kelly ... O'Brien Brother - Performer in 'Dancing Around'


Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

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Release Date:

24 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Romberg Story See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three cast members have a connection to filmmaker David Lynch. Jose Ferrer appeared in the film Dune. Miguel Ferrer; his son with cast mate Rosemary Clooney; appeared on Twin Peaks, as did cast member Russ Tamblyn. Ann Miller later appeared in Mulholland Drive, which was originally developed as a Twin Peaks spin-off. See more »


In the finale of the "Maytime" sequence, Vic Damone, who was 5'10" appears to be standing on a box while holding Jane Powell, who was 5' 1", even though they would have appeared far more natural if simply facing each other at their normal height. See more »


Dorothy Donnelly: You have talent. That's very rare in the theater.
Sigmund Romberg: You have a warm smile. That's even rarer.
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References The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) See more »


Mr. and Mrs.
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Cyrus Wood (as Cyrus D. Wood)
Sung by Rosemary Clooney and José Ferrer
Originally from the musical "The Blushing Bride" (1922)
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Beautiful music magnificently sung and danced by MGM pros
10 February 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Deep in My Heart" is a 1954 MGM musical starring Jose Ferrer. It purports to tell the story of Sigmund Romberg, and while much I'm sure is left out, the film is filled with not only great music, but great singing.

Well directed by Stanley Donen, the movie shows us Romberg trying to fit in with the musical comedy style, but really having a talent with a more classical, operetta-like bend.

Not only is the music beautiful, but it is exquisitely sung by some of the best singers of that era. My favorite song, "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" from "New Moon" is initially sung by the great Wagnerian opera star, Helen Traubel. And be still my heart, my second favorite song, "Lover Come Back to Me" is sung by Tony Martin and Joan Weldon. Martin was for me the best tenor of that time, better than Allan Jones, James Melton - absolutely phenomenal. MGM pulled out all the stops, with Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller taking part in "One Alone" and "It" respectively; Vic Damone is on hand for a well-sung "The Road to Paradise," and he's joined by Jane Powell for "Will You Remember" from "Maytime," which in the beginning of the film is the operetta Romberg keeps insisting he wants to do.

Gene Kelly and his brother Fred Kelly sing and dance to "I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmin" - you an see from the titles that Romberg had a versatility. Howard Keel a strong "Your Land and My Land." The song "Mr. and Mrs." is performed by real-life Mr. and Mrs. Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. One number after another, a fine film for a music lover.

The cast is interesting - Merle Oberon as Romberg's writing partner Dorothy Donnelly, Walter Pidgeon is Shubert, Paul Henried is Flo Ziegfeld, and Dorothy Avedon, who died some months ago, is Romberg's beloved wife Lillian.

All in all, a feast for the ears and eyes, with Ferrer doing a beautiful, energetic job as Romberg, even at one point performing an entire musical at full speed by himself. Very impressive.

A gem from MGM.

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