Deep in My Heart (1954 film)

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Deep in My Heart
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stanley Donen
Produced by Roger Edens
Written by Leonard Spigelgass
Elliott Arnold
Starring José Ferrer
Helen Traubel
Merle Oberon
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Adrienne Fazan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 9, 1954 (1954-12-09)
Running time
132 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,504,000[1]
Box office $3,978,000[1]

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, 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.

Deep in My Heart was the final film in a series of four MGM biopics based on the lives of composers, which included Till the Clouds Roll By (Jerome Kern, 1946), Words and Music (Rodgers and Hart, 1948), and Three Little Words (Kalmar and Ruby, 1950).


Musical numbers[edit]

Box office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $2,471,000 in the US and Canada and $1,507,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $1,474,000.[1]

Reception and distribution[edit]

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."[2]

Although the film is out of print in VHS and laserdisc formats, it has been released on DVD [3] and Blu-Ray.[4] The soundtrack, earlier released on LP, was made available on iTunes in 2006. The film has been shown on Turner Classic Movies.


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Bosley Crowther, "The Screen in Review; Romberg Film, Mostly Music, at Radio City" (10-12-1954). Retrieved 15-07-2007.
  3. ^ "Deep In My Heart - 1954 - VHS - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
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Further reading[edit]

  • 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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