Movie I Dream of Jeanie (1952) download free
Book Title: I Dream of Jeanie|
Directors: Allan Dwan
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Release Date: 1952-06-15
Runtime: 90 min
Stars: Ray Middleton,Bill Shirley,Muriel Lawrence
User ratings: 7.9
Number of downloads: 2180
File size: 5.42 Mb
Page views: 5810
Video quality: Remux
Last download: 8 days ago
IMDb Rating: 6.2
Full movie description "I Dream of Jeanie":The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.
Reviews of the I Dream of JeanieNo, this ain't "The Stephen Foster Story." That's in Bardstown, Ky, a place that Stephen Foster never saw in his short and tragic life. Foster's real life was tragic and depressing and might make an interesting "All That Jazz" style film. But this ain't it. This is a razzle dazzle musical comedy with the music of Foster as an added plus.
This is the kind of musical film that used to be common but are now long gone. It's an attempt by Republic Picures producer Herbert J. Yates to cash in on the success of MGM's 1951 hit "Showboat" but with the lowest budget possible. In view of that the film manages to look much more lush than it really is. Of course the use of the Foster song catalog didn't cost Repbulic anything. Surprisingly the color quality of the print the DVD I viewed was mastered from held up surprisingly well considering the obvious neglect it was subject to.
The production has the feel of the composer bio pics MGM used to churn out during this era. You could easily recast the film in your imagination with Metro contract players from that time.
Director Alan Dwan obviously had the expertise to make a cheap programmer like this look better than its budget should have allowed. The pic is almost set bound with few exteriors and limited interiors. But Dwan keeps the pace moving at a brisk clip with the musical numbers occurring so rapidly you have little time to think about the silliness of the plot.The songs have been given arrangements more suited to the 1950s and are not the reverential treatments that might be expected. They are instead bright Hollywood musical comedy numbers. These numbers were staged by associates trained by Nick Castle (I guess Republic couldn't afford Mr. Castle himself) and are brisk and lively. There has obviously been an attempt to integrate some of the songs into the action but if some of the cues and other proceedings seem laughable, well go ahead and laugh. It's all in fun, so enjoy it for what it is.
The cast perform competently and seem to be enjoying themselves which helps to make the film more enjoyable to the viewer. Of course Ray Middleton, the original Broadway Frank Butler opposite Ethel Merman in "Annie Get Your Gun" almost steals the proceedings with his bombastic performance.
The film was of course made in a more politically incorrect era. But it is not much more incorrect than ...say.."Holiday Inn'.
The film is a perversely delightful relic of a by gone era and well worth the dollar the DVD sells for in many areas.
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