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Deep in My Heart

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Deep in My Heart is the MGM-ified biography of composer Sigmund Romberg, here played by José Ferrer. Evidently the scripters didn't feel that the life of Romberg as set down by author Elliott Arnold, whose book was used as the film's basis had enough drama to fill out two hours and ten minutes. As a result, the film is overstocked with guest stars, performing such Romberg standards as "One Alone," "Lover Come Back to Me," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Will You Remember," and "Stout-Hearted Men." Among these ...
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Overview

Deep in My Heart is the MGM-ified biography of composer Sigmund Romberg, here played by José Ferrer. Evidently the scripters didn't feel that the life of Romberg as set down by author Elliott Arnold, whose book was used as the film's basis had enough drama to fill out two hours and ten minutes. As a result, the film is overstocked with guest stars, performing such Romberg standards as "One Alone," "Lover Come Back to Me," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Will You Remember," and "Stout-Hearted Men." Among these celebrities are Ann Miller, Vic Damone, Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Rosemary Clooney, and Gene Kelly, the latter performing a dance duet with his seldom-seen brother, Fred. For all the heady competition, it is José Ferrer who renders the most memorable production number: a one-man presentation of the Romberg musical comedy Jazzboat, in which Ferrer assumes all the roles, from star Al Jolson's to the entire female chorus!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As with practically every biopic about a musical figure, MGM's Deep in My Heart is pretty far off base when it comes to actual facts about its subject (in this case, Sigmund Romberg, one of the most popular operetta composers in American history). The dialogue in this entry is particularly inane, and the character development unbelievable -- and it's not very flattering that Romberg is presented as a man who sells his artistic integrity at the drop of a hat. What makes Heart work are, of course, the musical numbers, especially those performed by the wide array of "guest stars." Far and away the film's finest moment is the intensely steamy dance between the gorgeous, sultry Cyd Charisse and the virile James Mitchell, set to "One Alone." The duo perform Eugene Loring's erotic choreography perfectly, creating one of the most sensual numbers ever put on the screen. Also of note is Ann Miller's delightful, exuberant "It"and the rare onscreen pairing of brothers Gene and Fred Kelly in the vaudevillian "I Love to Go Swimmin' With Women," as well as the charming "Mr. and Mrs.," featuring José Ferrer and then-wife Rosemary Clooney. As Romberg, Ferrer tries very hard -- too hard in some cases -- but is done in by the material. His performance of the "Jazz-a-Doo" sequence is a bit exhausting; it requires someone with a more effortless command of music and comedy, but it's fun to watch. Stanley Donen's direction is smooth and suits the material, but doesn't find a great deal of variety.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2014
  • UPC: 888574096229
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
José Ferrer Sigmund Romberg
Helen Traubel Anna Mueller
Merle Oberon Dorothy Donnelly
Doe Avedon Lillian Romberg
Walter Pidgeon J.J. Shubert
Paul Henreid Florenz Ziegfeid
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
Russ Tamblyn Berrison, Jr.
John Alvin Mr. Mulvaney
Richard Beavers Bits
Gail Bonney
Robert Carson Orchestra Leader
Cyd Charisse
Rosemary Clooney Guest Star
Vic Damone
Dulce Daye
Robert Easton Cumberly
Mary Ellen Hokanson Miss Cranbrook
Howard Keel
Fred Kelly
Gene Kelly
Mitchell Kowal Oscar Hammerstein
Henri Letondal Francois
Marjorie Liszt Waitress
Tony Martin
Torben Meyer Card Player
Ann Miller
James Mitchell
Kane Nakano Japanese Butler
William Olvis
Maudie Prickett Lady
Joe Roach Groom
Franz Roehn Man
Norbert Schiller
Ludwig Stossel Mr. Novak
Henry Sylvester Judge
Dee Turnell Bride
Jean Vander Pyl Miss Zimmerman
Bobby Watson Florist
Ruben Wendorf
Laiola Wendorff Woman
Else Neft Mrs. Novak
Gloria Moore
Lulu Mae Bohrman
Gordon Wynne Treasurer
Jane Powell Guest
Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Adolph Deutsch Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Edens Producer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eugene Loring Choreography
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
Robert Tucker Consultant/advisor
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