Till The Clouds Roll By (December 5, 1946)

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Judy Garland in Till The Clouds Roll Away
 

Released on December 5, 1946: The mammoth musical of Jerome Kern's dramatic life story! We are treated to performances by Lena Horne, June Allison, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremen, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury and others.

Produced by Arthur Freed

Directed by Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli and George Sidney

The Actors: June Allyson (Jane Witherspoon), Lucille Bremer (Sally Hessler), Judy Garland (Marilyn Miller), Kathryn Grayson (Magnolia Hawks from Showboat), Van Heflin (James Hessler), Lena Horne (Jule LaVerne from Showboat), Van Johnson (the bandleader at the Elite Club), Tony Martin (Gaylord Ravenal from Showboat), Dina Shore (Una Trance), Frank Sinatra (himself), Robert Walker (Jerome Kern), Gower Champion (Dance Specialty in 'Roberta'), Cyd Charisse (Dance Specialty in 'Roberta'), Harry Hayden (Charles Frohman), Paul Langton (Oscar Hammerstein II), Angela Lansbury (London Specialty), Paul Maxey (Victor Herbert), Ray McDonald (dancer in 'Leave it to Jane'), John Alban (stage door Johnny), Mary Nash (Mrs. Muller, Hessler's housekeeper), Dorothy Patrick (Eva Kern), Caleb Peterson (Joe in Show Boat segment), Virginia O'Brien (Ellie May Shipley in Show Boat segment), William 'Bill' Phillips (Joe Hennessey), Joan Wells (Sally Hessler as a young girl), John Albright (call boy), Jean Andren (secretary), Stanley Andrews (Doctor), Gloria Joy Arden (showgirl), Lee Bennett (stage door Johnny), Margaret Bert (maid), Charles Bradstreet (stage door Johnny), Linda Brent (showgirl), Arnaut Brothers (the bird act), Alma Carroll (showgirl), Lucille Casey (showgirl), Ann Codee (Mess Larouche), Bruce Cowling (Steve Baker - showboat segment), James Darrell (critic), Harry Denny (stage door Johnny), Elspeth Dudgeon (Katie, Eva's maid), Ralph Dunn (moving man), Dick Earle (critic), Ed Elby (critic), Rex Evans (Cecil Keller), James Finlayson (candy vendor), Bess Flowers (backstage well-wisher), Sally Forrest (showgirl), William Forrest (motion picture director), Byron Foulger (Frohman's secretary), Mary Jane French (showgirl), Herschel Graham (critic), James Grey (bull clown), Charles Griffin (critic), William Halligan (Captain Andy Hawks in the Show Boat segment), Mary Hatcher (showgirl), Russell Hicks (producer), Stuart Holmes (man waiting in Frohman's office), Reed Howes (critic), Fred Hueston (critic), Lilyan Irene (barmaid), Maurice Kelly (dance specialty), Thomas Louden (the rural postman), Charles Madrin (critic), Mickey Malloy (showgirl), Louis Manley (the swivel chair woman), Matt Mattox (dance specialty), Frank McClure (stage door Johnny), Beryl McCutcheon (showgirl), Bob McLean (stage door Johnny), Leonard Mellin (critic), Tony Merlo (critic), Howard M. Mitchell (private detective), Bert Moorhouse (diner at the Elite Club), George Murray (stage door Johnny), Hazard Newsberry (critic), Robert Emmett O'Connor (Ed the clerk), George Peters (stage door Johnny), Lee Phelps (moving man), James Plato (critic), 'Snub' Pollard (Show Boat orchestra drummer), Lee Smith (critic), Larry Steers (critic), Tom Stevenson (man with the parasol idea), Ray Teal (movie studio orchestra conductor), Irene Vernon (showgirl), Alice Wallace (showgirl), Don Wayson (private detective), Lee Wilde (specialty in 'The Cat and the Fiddle'), Lyn Wilde (specialty in 'The Cat and the Fiddle'), Esther Williams (herself in a cameo appearance), Larry Williams (critic), and Douglas Wright (bull clown)

 

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The Music Man and His Songs

Broadway shows in the 1920’s were very predictable. Lots of singing, lots of romance, and lots of comedy. This formula worked well, and still does today. Theater productions from the 1920’s also had one other thing in common – Every musical theater show was filled with the music and dialogue of British and European authors. Before Jerome ‘Jerry’ Kern, no American songwriter had found any success on Broadway.

After trying to show his songs to Broadway producers in vain, Jerry decided that if Broadway wanted British songwriters, he would go to England and build a reputation there. Soon an American producer would see his work on the London stage and bring him back to Broadway.

There are a few times in music that defined a genre, like the blues, jazz, swing, and rock ‘n roll. On Broadway, where comedy and romance must always accompany the music, Jerome Kern created a brand new style of entertainment. In 1927 on December 27 Jerome Kern’s production of Show Boat opened, introducing a never-before-tried concept.

Show Boat, for the first time ever, presented a drama with music, adding great drama to the mix of comedy and romance. Now, in 1946, after a long and very successful career, the life of Jerome Kern and the greatest hits from his shows will be put into a motion picture. The opening scene in the movie is a recreation of the first scene from Show Boat presented in a packed theater. Then we see the story of a young man with music in his heart. The greatest singers and performers from 1946 appeared in this scene and the rest of the movie, immortalizing Jerome Kern’s greatest songs and the actors who performed.

Today, everyone in the world can experience a moment of the golden age of Broadway, not only the wealthy folk living in the largest cities of the world. Quite an awesome thing indeed. The story of the man who gave his life to song, and gave those songs to the world. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Robert Walker as Jerome Kern
Robert Walker as Jerome Kern
Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Caleb Peterson
Caleb Peterson
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Dorothy Patrick
Dorothy Patrick
Dorothy Patrick
Dorothy Patrick
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Gower Champion and Cyd Charisse
Gower Champion and Cyd Charisse
Gower Champion and Cyd Charisse
Gower Champion and Cyd Charisse
Joan Wells
Joan Wells
Joan Wells and Mary Nash
Joan Wells and Mary Nash
Joan Wells
Joan Wells
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
June Allyson and Ray McDonald
June Allyson and Ray McDonald
Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson and Tony Martin
Kathryn Grayson and Tony Martin
Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson
Kathryn Grayson
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lucille Bremer
Lucille Bremer
Lucille Bremer and Van Johnson
Lucille Bremer and Van Johnson
Lucille Bremer
Lucille Bremer
Lyn Wilde and Lee Wilde
Lyn Wilde and Lee Wilde
Anne Gwynne
Lyn Wilde and Lee Wilde
MGM Showgirls
MGM Showgirls
Paul Langton and Dorothy Patrick
Paul Langton and Dorothy Patrick
Paul Maxey and Robert Walker
Paul Maxey and Robert Walker
Ray McDonald and June Allyson
Ray McDonald and June Allyson
Robert Walker and Lucille Bremer
Robert Walker and Lucille Bremer
Robert Walker and Wililam 'Bill' Phillips
Robert Walker and Wililam 'Bill' Phillips
Dorothy Patrick and Robert Walker
Dorothy Patrick and Robert Walker
Robert Walker
Robert Walker
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Kathryn Grayson and Tony Martin
Kathryn Grayson and Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin and Robert Walker
Van Heflin and Robert Walker
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Johnson and Lucille Bremer
Van Johnson and Lucille Bremer
Virginia O'Brien
Virginia O'Brien
Virginia O'Brien
Virginia O'Brien