I'll See You in My Dreams

I'll See You in My Dreams

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy

     
 

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The ultra-sentimental I'll See You in My Dreams is based on the life and work of composer Gus Kahn. The story is told from the point of view of Kahn' wife Grace, who was still alive when the film was made (Kahn died some ten years earlier). Danny Thomas stars as the prolific tunesmith, whose fortunes takeSee more details below

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The ultra-sentimental I'll See You in My Dreams is based on the life and work of composer Gus Kahn. The story is told from the point of view of Kahn' wife Grace, who was still alive when the film was made (Kahn died some ten years earlier). Danny Thomas stars as the prolific tunesmith, whose fortunes take an upswing in 1908 when he meets and falls in love with Grace LeBoy (Doris Day, who receives top billing, not to mention most of the best musical numbers). Kahn's career ascends to spectacular heights via such hits as "Pretty Baby," "My Buddy," "Toot Toot Tootsie" and "Making Whoopee," only to go into eclipse when he loses his savings in the 1929 stock-market crash. Convinced that he's lost his touch and that he's sacrificed true happiness to the evil goddess success, Kahn is ultimately gratified by the love and recognition of his peers. Among the famous personages imitated in I'll See You In My Dreams are Kahn's writing partner Walter Donaldson (Frank Lovejoy) and producers Sam Harris (Jim Backus) and Flo Ziegfeld (William Forrest).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
I'll See You in My Dreams is arguably the best songwriter biopic Hollywood created during the heyday of this genre. Not that the film is necessarily any more faithful to the facts than most other such entries; it's just that as drama it is much more satisfying. Key to the film's success is its emphasis on creating characters rather than caricatures (or worse, figureheads). Gus and Grace Kahn may not be as indelibly drawn as Blanche DuBois or Hamlet, but they are distinctive, living and breathing people, with charms, quirks, follies and foibles about which the audience can care. Also of note is the creators' decision to avoid overproduced musical numbers and focus on more intimate presentations, in keeping with the films overall small scale feel. There are some problems, of course -- Gus Kahn was a good lyricist, but not the "A" level talent with concomitant artistic aspirations presented here, and the character's claims toward elevated artistry are belied by the songs contained in the film. The last quarter of the film also takes an unfortunate turn into melodrama. However, on the whole Michael Curtiz does an admirable job keeping the tone unobtrusively sentimental, and Doris Day and Danny Thomas have an odd, appealing chemistry together. Day sounds very good, especially on "The One I Love." Four years later, Kahn's "Love Me or Leave Me" would be the title tune of one of Day's best pictures.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0883316995686
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sales rank:
7,929

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Grace LeBoy Kahn
Danny Thomas Gus Kahn
Frank Lovejoy Walter Donaldson
Patrice Wymore Gloria Knight
James Gleason Fred Thompson
Mary Wickes Anna
Julie Oshins Johnny
Jim Backus Sam Harris
Minna Gombell Mrs. LeBoy
Harry Antrim Mr. LeBoy
William Forrest Florenz Ziegfeld
Robert Lyden Donald at Age 8
Mimi Gibson Irene at Age 3
Vince Barnett Comic
Dan Barton Hollywood Producer
Ray Kellogg John McCormack
Clarence Landry Dancer
George Neise Isham Jones
Dick Simmons Bert
Jack Williams Actor
Else Neft Mrs. Kahn

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Douglas Bacon Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Edelman Producer
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Jake Rose Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson Screenwriter

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