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I'll See You in My Dreams 1951

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4.4 out of 5 stars (61) IMDb 6.9/10

The entertaining true story of songwriter Gus Kahn, tracing his lifefrom Chicago roots to his New York rise with Ziegfeld. Terrific scoreperformed by Doris Day and Danny Thomas.

Starring:
Doris Day, Danny Thomas
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Michael Curtiz
Starring Doris Day, Danny Thomas
Supporting actors Frank Lovejoy, Patrice Wymore, James Gleason, Mary Wickes, Julie Oshins, Jim Backus, Minna Gombell, Harry Antrim, William Forrest, Bunny Lewbel, Robert Lyden, Mimi Gibson, Christopher Olsen, Betty Arlen, Vince Barnett, Dan Barton, Rodney Bell, Else Bäck
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Warner Brothers released "I'll See You in My Dreams" during the holiday season in 1951. It was the Christmas attraction at the famed Radio City Music Hall where it packed them in for many, many weeks. It deserved that success.
The story of lyricist Gus Kahn works extremely well for a number of reasons. Unlike the Warners biopics of the 1940's including "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) and "Rhapsody in Blue" (George Gershwin), which often played loose with the facts, ditto several MGM biographies from that same period, "I'll See You in My Dreams" has more grit and depth on several levels.
Director Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca") shot his film in black and white, which was unusual in that most Doris Day musicals at Warner Brothers were given glossy, technicolor productions. The black and white works extremely well in conveying the complexities of Kahn's life. In addition, there are very real hints at extramarital relationships, drinking, and control issues involving Kahn's wife.
Danny Thomas, in probably his best big screen performance, is perfect as Kahn. He's a struggling songwriter in Chicago in the early 1900's, seeking a break. He gets it the day he meets Grace, played by Doris Day. They write a song together, which becomes a major success and his career is launched. They eventually wed and the script gives very clear indications that Grace is the force that pushes Gus, who seems, at times, to lack the necessary drive and ambition to become a major success. Eventually Grace's controlling nature seems to push Gus away and in an attempt to reassert his masculinity, there are strong hints that he has an affair with a broadway performer.
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Danny Thomas, he of the mighty beak, is known more for his television work than for his feature film career. I cut my teeth on reruns of MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY. On the silver screen Danny Thomas only ever starred in two prominent pictures, the 1952 remake of Jazz Singer and 1951's I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, which chronicles the life of Gus Kahn.

I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS falls in line with them old biopic treatments, laced with some truths but sweetened and fictionalized for public consumption. It boggles the mind just how prolific lyricist Gus Kahn was for decades. He put words to catchy tunes that became the rage of Tin Pan Alley and the flapper era, during them halcyon days of sheet music and phono records. In Chicago, Grace Le Boy (Doris Day) worked in a music store as a song demonstrator. It's at work that she first meets a persistent laborer named Gus Kahn (Thomas) who's come for her opinion regarding the raw stuff he'd penned. Grace is a bit reluctant and plenty put off by Mr. Kahn's pushy behavior. She's left lukewarm by his ambitious lyrics celebrating the Statue of Liberty and such. But she recognizes potential.

I don't know how much of the above sticks to facts. It's certainly a cute meet. And once Grace takes a gander at the hasty lyrics he'd scribbled down (she'd suggested that love songs were what sells), well, she's in for the long haul.

There's a bit of a jarring element in the way this movie shuffles time. We're barely alerted to when years elapse in the narrative. The plot follows a well-trodden path as we track the ups and downs of Gus's career and his sometimes rocky marriage with Grace.
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This movie seems to never lose it's charm even after dozens of times of seeing it. A wonderful movie about a songwriter who loses his touch, and then seems to gain it back with the "help" and support of his wife, Doris Day. Some classic songs come out of this movie -- Ukelaily Lady, No No Nora, Love me or Leave me, and Makin Whoopee. A favorite for all times.
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By A Customer on December 24, 1999
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This is the movie that made me fall in love with Doris Day. This was not the first I saw, but this is the one that made me realize how great she really is! The music is wonderful, the acting is superb, and the story is interesting. Mary Wicks is also in it, and I enjoy any movie she adds her sarcastic touch to. I cry every time I see it.
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This is a really great Classic Musical starring Danny Thomas and Doris Day.
Danny Thomas portrays the great classic Music Writer Gus Kahn and DOris Plays his wife Julie. At the beginning Gus is a down on his luck guy who works for the local Crockery Company and Julie helps him to raise his spirits and turn his music career into something really neat!
Gus writes a whole ton of classic Hits and Julie writes the music! This is a great classic movie that I highly suggest to everybody!
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If you don't shed a tear or three as you watch, "I'll See You in My Dreams", the "biography" of Gus Kahn, your heart is hard, indeed. Kahn, the lyricist for such standards as "It Had to Be You", "Everything I Have Is Yours". "Dream a Little Dream" and many, many others is presented in a Hollywoodified version that made me want to know who the real Gus was. Danny Thomas plays Gus and Doris Day plays his domineering wife. There's lot of great songs and singers and it's fun to watch, but a little reality would have been welcomed.
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