- Acting of Lead Performers
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Eye Beautiful; Acting Drags
The acting drags but the Kern musical numbers were showcased with the best of MGM as only MGM could do it. For those that appreciate the Jerome Kern musicals this production is well worth having.
Story of the great Jerome Kern
- Mr D
Lighthearted, warm & fuzzy look at the life & career of Jerome Kern, most known for Showboat and the powerful classic tune Old Man River. As my granddaddy used to say, If you like movies like this then you'll like this movie. We did - 4 stars out of 5. My only gripe is that the print we watched was not the greatest - it came in the 10-film set "Hollywood Classics: Golden Age" that we bought used forr 19.99. Oh, and 1 more gripe: Frank Sinatra singing Old Man River ... what??
I Love this Music!
I love the feel of this music! The music is wonderful, the musical scenes are outstanding! This movie is Hollywood to me. I remember when I was a kid watching this on TV and seeing this as the ultimate. Van Heflin is wonderful in his role. He adds an air of authenticity to the story. Robert Walker as Jerome Kern is also great. This is a truly enjoyable film. Just sit back and enjoy!
They don't make 'em like this any more!
Which is why I enjoy it so much. Garish Technicolor! Over the top acts! Antiquated musical numbers (Dinah Shore, singing under a fake apple tree, dressed in a big fluffy gown with a bodice trimmed with apple blossoms, and very pretty she looked, too)! Corny, cheesy, schmaltzy, overdone, and guiltily delicious. Oh, and we end with a weedy little Frank Sinatra, in a white suit, crooning 'Old Man River'. (put in -eyeroll- here). This is the kind of thing TCM should show every Sunday morning - ideal as background while having coffee and reading what remains of the Sunday paper.