Deep in My Heart (1954 film)
|Deep in My Heart|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stanley Donen|
|Produced by||Roger Edens|
|Written by||Leonard Spigelgass
|Music by||Sigmund Romberg|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Editing by||Adrienne Fazan|
|Release date(s)||December 9, 1954|
|Running time||132 minutes|
|Box office||$4.1 million (US)|
Deep in My Heart is a 1954 MGM biographical musical film about the life of operetta composer Sigmund Romberg, who wrote the music for The Student Prince, The Desert Song, and The New Moon, among others. Leonard Spigelgass adapted the film from Elliott Arnold's 1949 biography of the same name. Roger Edens produced, Stanley Donen directed and Eugene Loring choreographed. José Ferrer played Romberg, with support from soprano Helen Traubel as a fictional character and Merle Oberon as lyricist Dorothy Donnelly.
The film, which takes its title from "Deep in My Heart, Dear," a song from "The Student Prince," primarily consists of a series of cameo turns by nearly every significant singer or dancer on the MGM lot at the time. These include dancer Cyd Charisse (dubbed by Carol Richards), Rosemary Clooney (Ferrer's wife), Vic Damone, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly and his brother Fred Kelly (their only on-screen appearance together), Tony Martin, singer-dancer Ann Miller, James Mitchell, Jane Powell, Joan Weldon, and the ballerina Tamara Toumanova (dubbed by Betty Wand). Robert Easton, Russ Tamblyn, Susan Luckey, and Ludwig Stössel make uncredited appearances.
- José Ferrer as Sigmund Romberg
- Merle Oberon as Dorothy Donnelly
- Helen Traubel as Anna Mueller
- Doe Avedon as Lillian Romberg
- Walter Pidgeon as J. J. Shubert
- Paul Henreid as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
- Tamara Toumanova as Gaby Deslys
- Paul Stewart as Bert Townsend
- Isobel Elsom as Mrs. Harris
- David Burns as Lazar Berrison, Sr.
- Jim Backus as Ben Judson
Musical numbers 
- "Overture" — Orchestral and choral medley:
- "One Kiss" [from 1928 operetta The New Moon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "Desert Song" [from 1926 operetta The Desert Song, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otta A. Harbach]
- "Deep in My Heart, Dear" [from 1924 operetta The Student Prince, lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly]
- "You Will Remember Vienna" [from 1930 film Viennese Nights, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "You Will Remember Vienna" — Helen Traubel [from 1930 film Viennese Nights, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "Leg of Mutton" — José Ferrer and Helen Traubel [turkey trot with lyrics added by Roger Edens]
- "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" — Betty Wand (dubbing for Tamara Toumanova) [from 1928 operetta The New Moon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" — Helen Traubel [from 1928 operetta The New Moon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "Mr. & Mrs." — Rosemary Clooney and José Ferrer [from 1922 musical The Blushing Bride, lyrics by Cyrus D. Wood]
- "I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmen" — Gene Kelly and Fred Kelly [from 1921 musical Love Birds, lyrics by Ballard MacDonald]
- "Road to Paradise"/"Will You Remember (Sweetheart)" — Vic Damone and Jane Powell [from 1917 musical Maytime, lyrics by Rida Johnson Young]
- "Girls Goodbye" — José Ferrer [lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly]
- "Fat Fat Fatima" — José Ferrer [from 1921 musical Love Birds, lyrics by Ballard MacDonald]
- "Jazza-Dada-Doo" — José Ferrer [from 1921 musical Bombo, lyrics by Harold R. Atteridge]
- "It" — Ann Miller [from 1926 operetta The Desert Song, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach]
- "Serenade" — William Olvis [from 1924 operetta The Student Prince, lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly]
- "One Alone" — Carol Richards (dubbing for Cyd Charisse) and James Mitchell [from 1926 operetta The Desert Song, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otta A. Harbach]
- "Your Land and My Land" — Howard Keel (from 1927 musical My Maryland, lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly]
- "Auf Wiedersehn" — Helen Traubel (from 1915 musical The Blue Paradise, lyrics by Herbert Reynolds]
- "Lover, Come Back to Me" — Tony Martin with Joan Weldon (from 1928 operetta The New Moon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "Stout-Hearted Men" — Helen Traubel [from 1928 operetta The New Moon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
- "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" — José Ferrer [from 1935 film The Night Is Young, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]
Reception and distribution 
The film was not a critical success. According to the reviewer for the New York Times, Deep in My Heart "calls for a strong digestive system and a considerable tolerance for clichés."
However, the film is rich with the music of Sigmund Romberg. Romberg's songs are performed not only by stars José Ferrer and Helen Traubel, but also by a plethora of MGM stars giving delightful cameo performances. Music lovers will enjoy the film and walk away singing Romberg's tunes.
Although the film is out of print in VHS and laserdisc formats, it has been released on DVD. The soundtrack, earlier released on LP, was made available on iTunes in 2006. The film has been shown on Turner Classic Movies.
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
- Bosley Crowther, "The Screen in Review; Romberg Film, Mostly Music, at Radio City" (10-12-1954). Retrieved 15-07-2007.
- "Deep In My Heart - 1954 - VHS - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping". Shopping.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
Further reading 
- Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies. New York: Knopf, 1996. ISBN 0-679-41412-6.
- Tibbets, John C. Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 115-22. ISBN 0-300-10674-2.
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