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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) - Color - 132 min

The LikeTelevision™ movie channel presents Till the Clouds Roll By, which tells the story of one of America's greatest songwriters - Jerome Kern. His list of classics is nearly endless - including Smoke Gets in your eyes, Old Man River, The Way You Look Tonight, A Fine Romance and Look for the Silver Lining. Plus 1000 others. Jerome Kern was nothing short of amazing. This film tries to straddle the line between a biography and a Broadway Show - with mixed results. Still, Jerome Kern led a fascinating life and his songs are as remarkable today as they were when he wrote them.

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Till the Clouds Roll By
Directed by - Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli

(1946) - Color - 132 min
And what a star-studded cast - including Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Van Johnson, Lena Horne, Angela Landsbury, Cyd Charisse, Dinah Shore, June Allyson, Van Heflin and Robert Walker, as Jerome Kern. With a cast like that - you can expect some amazing song and dance scenes and this movie offers many scenes with the great ones giving a tribute performance to a legendary songwriter, Jerome Kern.




Part one
Intro, Color, credits, etc. This film meanders between a Broadway stage production and a compelling biography - and such was the life of Jerome Kern. Watch some great scenes from Showboat including Lena Horne just nailing it - and a huge production of Old Man River. Jerome Kern died on November 11, 1945 and this tribute was made in 1946.


James Hessler, Sally Hessler and Jerome Kern



Frank Sinatra has got it going on in the big finale


Part two
A young Kern tries to take his music to a famous producer and arranger named James Hessler. Hessler (Van Heflin) tells him he's out of the business. Sally Hessler, his young daughter takes a shining to Jerome and soon they are all like family, and Sally calls him Uncle Jerome. After that, they are off to London, because British songwriters are the current rage on Broadway.


Lena Horne performs a song from Showboat


Part three
In London, Jerome meets his one true love, Eva - played by Dorothy Patrick. He does his best to woo her - but oh my, not sure about that striped sports coat on the gondola. Just when things are going swell with his girl, Jerome has to rush off to NYC for a big production. Dinah Shore shines in They Wouldn't Believe Me.




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Till the Clouds Roll By
Directed by - Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli

Starring - Robert Walker as Jerome Kern, Van Heflin as James Hessler, Judy Garland as Marilyn Miller, Lena Horne as Julie from Showboat, Paul Langton as Oscar Hammerstein, Dorothy Patrick as Eva Kern, Joan Well as the young girl Sally Kessler Lucille Bremer as adult Sally Hessler, Frank Sinatra as the star in the big finale,





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Judy Garland Marilyn Miller



Part four
This clip opens with a scene from the Broadway production of Oh Boy. Jerome asks Eva to marry him and she says yes. A terrific scene with June Allyson from Leave it to Jane. Closes out with Judy Garland stealing the show as Marilyn Miller singing Look For the Silver Lining.


Dorothy Patrick as Eva Kern, Jerome's wife


Part five
Time passes - and Sally is all grown up now. She's having trouble staying in school too. Young Joan Wells is replace by Lucille Bremer as the adult Sally Hessler. Jerome tries to give her a break by writing a song for her and a part in a play - but then, the producer wants the star to do ?her song?. Sally is furious and acts like a brat - not thinking about what is best for the show. Judy Garland is awesome as Marilyn Miller - the star who ?steals? the song. From Sunny - check out the dancing elephants and scenes from the circus, Judy Garland belts out Who? In a gown with men dressed in tails and black silk top hats. Sally runs off in a huff determined to make it on her own.


Van Heflin as James Hessler



Part six
James Hessler, Jerome dear friend and fellow musician is very ill and will probably die. He longs to see his daughter Sally who ran away long ago to become an actress. Jerome agrees to take care of her and finally finds her, dancing up a storm with Van Johnson.


Part seven
Will Sally come back in time before her father dies? What will happen to her career as an actress? And will Jerome Kern write a dud? Watch the conclusion and find out.


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Robert Walker as Jerome Kern



Van Johnson and Lucille Bremer do a snappy dance number


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