Children of Dreams
|Children of Dreams|
|Directed by||Alan Crosland|
|Written by||Oscar Hammerstein II
|Music by||Oscar Hammerstein II
Otto A. Harbach
|Cinematography||James Van Trees (Technicolor)|
|Edited by||Harold McLernon|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||July 25, 1931|
|Running time||78 minutes|
Children of Dreams (1930) is a musical operetta film drama photographed entirely in Part Technicolor and produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film was directed by Alan Crosland. Children of Dreams was the second original operetta written especially for the screen by Oscar Hammerstein II and Sigmund Romberg. This team had previously worked on the musical Viennese Nights, which had proved to be a success. The film had the misfortune of being released at a time when the public had grown weary of musicals and did poorly at the box office. It was the only full scale musical to be released in the summer of 1931. Although Children of Dreams was filmed in color and exhibited in a few select areas in color, Warner Bros. decided to circulate black-and-white prints in many areas as a cost saving measure due to the backlash against musicals.
Margaret Schilling is picking apples in her father's apple orchard in California, one day, with her friend Marion Byron, when they meet two boys, played by Paul Gregory and Tom Patricola. Schilling falls in love with Gregory while Byron falls in love with Patricola. They plan a double wedding. One day a wealthy socialite and her son (played by John Rutherford) hear Schilling sing and they sponsor her to study in Italy. Schilling is reluctant to go but finally accepts when she discovers her father is in need of money. Schilling leaves on the day that Gregory had hoped would be their wedding day. He says goodbye to her before attending Byron's and Patricola's wedding ceremony. Schilling goes to Italy to study and becomes a success in Rome. She returns to the United States to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, where she is again a great success. Gregory, after the performance, attends the party which has been given by the wealthy socialite who is sponsoring Schilling and her son, who is in love with Schilling. Schilling asks Gregory to sing, but her society friends do not think much of his singing. Gregory, realizing that Schilling now lives in a world far apart from his social circle. breaks off his engagement to Schilling and returns to the orchards. Schilling stays in New York for two years and then moves on to San Francisco for a concert stop. Although she is supposed to marry Rutherford soon, Schilling is unhappy. When she has some free time, Schilling goes to her father's orchards to visit her old friend Byron and see how things are going with her. She happens to meet Gregory and they rekindle their love and are married. Before they leave on their honeymoon, the farm doctor informs Gregory and Schilling's manager that Schilling has lost her voice and will never sing again, except perhaps, a lullaby.
- "Fruit Picker's Song"
- "Oh, Couldn't I Love That Girl"
- "Her Professor"
- "Children of Dreams"
- "Sleeping Beauty"
- "If I Had a Girl Like You"
- "Seek Love"
- "That Rare Romance"
- "Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye"
- "Yes Sir"
- The Technicolor version of the film played in Naples, New York according to The Naples-News Wednesday, October 28, 1931 Page 30, Available at: http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper%2013/Naples%20NY%20News/Naples%20NY%20News%20%201930-1931/Naples%20NY%20News%20%201930-1931%20-%200791.pdf