Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Front Cover Actor
Lucille Bremer Sally Hessler
Van Heflin James I. Hessler
Robert Walker Jerome Kern
June Allyson Jane in 'Leave it to Jane'/Specialty
Judy Garland Marilyn Miller
Kathryn Grayson Magnolia in 'Show Boat'/Specialty
Lena Horne Julie in 'Show Boat'/Specialty
Van Johnson Bandleader in Elite Club
Tony Martin Gaylord Ravenal in 'Show Boat'/Specialty
Dinah Shore Julie Sanderson
Frank Sinatra Finale specialty
Gower Champion Dance Specialty
Joan Wells Sally as a girl
Cyd Charisse Dance Specialty
Bruce Cowling Steve
Dorothy Patrick Mrs. Jerome Kern
Movie Details
Genre Musical; Biography
Director George Sidney (II); Vincente Minnelli; Richard Whorf
Producer Arthur Freed
Writer Guy Bolton; George Wells
Studio MGM; Good Times Video
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 2 hr 12 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Hollywood's 1940s craze for composer biographies did not yield many masterpieces, and Till the Clouds Roll By is one of the weaker efforts in the bunch. Robert Walker tries gamely to suggest the decency of Jerome Kern but is defeated by a sluggish story line pairing him with a crotchety mentor (Van Heflin). As a collection of freestanding production numbers devoted to Kern's songs, however, the movie has appeal. It begins with almost 20 minutes of Showboat (including Lena Horne's plaintive reading of "Can't Help Lovin' That Man") and the hits just keep on coming. Judy Garland, who appears in a few scenes as stage star Marilyn Miller, contributes "Look for the Silver Lining" and a Gatsby-esque production number on "Who?" Her songs were staged by then-hubby Vincente Minnelli. Other highlights include a young Angela Lansbury, still with baby fat, singing "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?" Lucille Bremer, a leggy starlet who never quite caught on, plays Kern's protégé. She spins a delightful duet with Van Johnson on "I Won't Dance," two redheads capering with gusto. It all ends with another splashy theatrical montage, climaxing in Frank Sinatra's take on "Ol' Man River." That might sound like a strange idea, but Ol' Blue Eyes clearly loves the song (he would return to it often in his career) and is in beautiful voice. Despite being a lavish MGM production, Till the Clouds fell out of copyright and into the public domain, so print quality (and even running time) can be variable. --Robert Horton
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Index 1389
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/04
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Owner NF
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 018713812063
Release Date 5/29/01
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Black & White