I Dream Too Much

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I Dream Too Much
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Directed by John Cromwell
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Elsie Finn
David G. Wittels
Screenplay by James Gow
Edmund H. North
Starring Lily Pons
Henry Fonda
Eric Blore
Lucille Ball
Music by Jerome Kern
Dorothy Fields
Max Steiner (incidental)
Cinematography David Abel
Edited by William Morgan
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 27, 1935 (1935-11-27)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $627,000[1]
Box office $640,000[1]

I Dream Too Much is a 1935 romantic comedy film directed by John Cromwell. It stars Henry Fonda, Lily Pons, and Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles. It has been described as a "somewhat wispy operetta."[2] Songs are by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording (Carl Dreher).[3]


Annette Monard Street (Lily Pons) is an aspiring singer, who falls in love with and marries Jonathan Street (Henry Fonda), a struggling young composer.

Jonathan pushes her into a singing career, and she soon becomes a star. Meanwhile, Jonathan is unable to sell his music, and he finds himself jealous of his wife's success.

Concerned about their relationship, Annette uses her influence to get Jonathan's work turned into a musical comedy. Once she achieves this, she then retires from public life in order to raise a family.



The film recorded a loss of $350,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p58
  2. ^ Woolsey, John Munro (1938). "Shipman et al. v. RKO Radio Picture, Inc. et al.". Federal Supplement: Cases Argued and Determined in the District Courts of the United States Court of Claims. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co. 20: 249–251. 
  3. ^ "The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 

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