Harmony Lane

Harmony Lane

Director: Alfred Santell, Joseph Santley Cast: Douglass Montgomery, Evelyn Venable


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Harmony Lane

Produced on a reasonably lavish scale by the usually parsimonious Mascot Pictures, Harmony Lane was the first of three filmed biographies of 19th-century songwriter Stephen Foster (the others were Fox's Swanee River [1939] and 1952's I Dream of Jeannie, produced by Mascot's successor, Republic Pictures). Douglass Montgomery stars as Foster, with Evelyn Venable and Adrienne Ames as the women in his life and William Frawley as minstrel impresario E.P. Christy (the part played by Al Jolson in Swanee River). The film follows Foster from his early attempts to study for the ministry to his first flush of success in the years just prior to the Civil War, ending with his death in drunken poverty in New York. Just what was it that so attracted Hollywood to this melancholy tale? Perhaps it was the fact that Stephen Foster's songs were in the Public Domain, thereby allowing producers to sidestep expensive copyright and licensing fees. Harmony Lane was written and directed by Joseph Santley, a prolific if uninspired helmsman of early-talkie musicals.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
UPC: 0089218580894
Original Release: 1935
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 56,615

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglass Montgomery Stephen Foster
Evelyn Venable Susan Pentland
Adrienne Ames Jane McDowell
Joseph Cawthorn Kleber
William Frawley Christy
Clarence Muse Old Joe
Gilbert Emery Mr. Foster
Florence Roberts Mrs. Foster
James Bush Morrison Foster
David Torrence Mr. Pentland
Cora Sue Collins Marion
Ferdinand Munier Mr. Pond
Smiley Burnette Singer
James B. Carson Proprietor
Edith Craig Henrietta Foster
Victor de Camp William Foster, Jr.
Mildred Gover Delia
Al Herman Tambo
Rodney Hildebrand Mr. Wade
Earl Hodgins Mr. Bones
Lloyd Hughes Andrew Robinson
Mary MacLaren Mrs. Wade
Hattie McDaniel Cook

Technical Credits
Alfred Santell Director
Joseph Santley Director,Screenwriter
Ray F. Curtiss Editor
Arthur Kay Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Milton Krims Original Story
Nat Levine Producer
Joseph H. Lewis Editor
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Elizabeth Meehan Screenwriter
Ernest W. Miller Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harmony Lane
2. Chapter 1 [13:01]
3. Chapter 2 [12:59]
4. Chapter 3 [12:58]
5. Chapter 4 [12:58]
6. Chapter 5 [13:00]
7. Chapter 6 [13:27]

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