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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951)

Warners made some odd pairings for Doris Day, sticking her with smug Robert Cummings, beefy Jack Carson, eccentric Ray Bolger and, in this loose bio of lyricist Gus Kahn, Danny Thomas, who does a lousy job playing a louse. The production starts off pretty well with some real care for period style and a sense of place under Michael Curtiz ’s typically fluid direction. But everyone seems to throw in the towel as the usual cliches about the songwriting trade get trotted out. The M-G-M version of these fake bio-pics were just as dumb, but studded with worthwhile guest appearances from their stock company . . . and what a stock company! Warners offers up Patrice Wymore and Frank Lovejoy. Who?

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