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Swanee River (1939)





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This musical presents a romantic and sanitized biography of distinguished American songwriter Stephen Foster. The story begins with the romance between Foster (Don Ameche) and a pretty southern belle and sets up a home in Kentucky--actually the real Foster married a girl from Pittsburgh. His songwriting career takes off when he sells a song to the famous minstrel E.P. Christy (Al Jolson). His career takes off until the Civil War erupts. Accused of siding with the Confederates, Foster and his family flee to the North. There, he begins to literally drink himself to death. The Oscar-nominated soundtrack feature some of Foster's most loved standards including the title song, "Camptown Races," "Oh, Susanna" and "My Old Kentucky Home." ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Don Ameche
as Stephen Foster
Al Jolson
as E.P. Christy
Felix Bressart
as Henry Kleber
Russell Hicks
as Andrew McDowell
Richard Clarke
as Tom Harper
Diane Frances Fisher
as Marion Foster
Al Herman
as Tambo
George Meeker
as Henry Foster
Leona Roberts
as Mrs. Foster
Charles Tannen
as Morrison Foster
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Griffin
Nella Walker
as Mrs. McDowell
Esther Dale
as Temperance Woman
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Beautiful and poetic to the utmost degree. [Full review in Spanish]

April 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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