My Dream Is Yours

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My Dream Is Yours
Mydreamisyoursposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz Friz Freleng (Cartoon Sequence)
Produced by George Amy
Michael Curtiz
Written by Laura Kerr (adaptation)
Harry Kurnitz
Dane Lussier
Allen Rivken
Paul Finder Moss (story)
Jerry Wald (story)
Starring Jack Carson
Doris Day
Lee Bowman
Music by Harry Warren
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline
Ernest Haller
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates April 16, 1949 (1949-04-16)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

My Dream Is Yours is a 1949 musical romantic comedy film starring Jack Carson, Doris Day, and Lee Bowman.

Plot[edit]

The film opens in Los Angeles, where Doug Blake (Carson) is dumped as a manager by Gary Mitchell (Bowman). He goes to New York City to find a new singer to replace Gary on the Hour of Enchantment radio show. While in New York, he discovers Martha Gibson (Day) turning records on a jukebox factory. He takes her to Los Angeles and tries to introduce her to Felix Hofer (Sakall). His efforts lead to a series of communication failings. Meanwhile Martha has begun to fall in love with Gary. Doug takes her to a party at Garys house where Gary gets drunk and is unable to sing on his radio program. Martha replaces him and becomes successful. She replaces Gary on the Hour of Enchantment radio show. Gary, whose ego has driven away all of the people who helped him, cannot find anyone who will hire him or even represent him. Knowing how Martha feels about Gary, Doug helps him come back, but Gary goes back to his old ways and drives Martha away. Martha then realizes that she really loves Doug and makes up with him.

Production background[edit]

The film serves as a remake to Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934), where the aspiring singer was male.[1]

Eve Arden has a key supporting role as Vivian "Vi" Martin, Doug Blake's co-worker in the radio show The Hour of Enchantment. She is depicted as a highly competent professional woman. She at first agrees to financially support Doug in exchange of half his business earnings. She then agrees to allow Martha and her son Freddie to move in with her. Then, when more is needed to finance Martha's career, Vician has to sell her own mink coat.[1]

The film features a love triangle between Doug Blake, Martha Gibson, and Gary Mitchell. Vivian Martin has her own romantic subplot with Thomas Hutchins, though its limited to a few suggestive glances. It was the third and last time that Arden co-worked with Adolphe Menjou.[1]

According to gossip columnist Sheilah Graham missed three days of shooting in May, 1948. She was sick with fever.[1]

The film is perhaps best remembered today for an extended dream sequence combining animation and live action which featured a cameo appearance by Bugs Bunny, dancing with Jack Carson and Doris Day to the tune of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which was a favorite of animation director Friz Freleng. The sequence has an Easter theme and features the actors in bunny suits.[1]

Cast[edit]

List of songs[edit]

The film features the following songs:

  • My Dream Is Yours.[2]
  • Someone Like You.[2]
  • Love Finds a Way.[2]
  • Tick, Tick,Tick.[2]
  • Freddie, Get Ready. With lyrics by Ralph Blane.[2]
  • I'll String Along With You.[2]
  • You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.[2]
  • With Plenty of Money and You. With lyrics by Johnny Mercer.[2]
  • Nagasaki. With lyrics by Mort Dixon.[2]
  • Canadian Capers. With lyrics by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren, music by Henry Cohen, Gus Chandler, and Bert White.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film review of Time magazine was not favorable, finding that the film merely reused elements from older films. "It has all been done before- frequently much better". It did, however, find some positive aspects of the film. One was Doris Day's singing, another the caustic lines of Eve Arden.[1] John L. Scot, reviewer for the Los Angeles Times found the basic story trite. But also praised the charm of Doris Day and her ability to sell a tune, while also favoring the comedy performance of Eve Arden.[1] Richard L. Coe, reviewer of The Washington Post found the film to be a "supremely dull achievement". He found Arden's character wittier and more human than that of Doris Day.[1]

Tom Santopietro, in a retrospective of the film, credits Arden with the best performance of the film, praising her comic timing.[1]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tucker (2012), p. 107-109
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hemming (1999), p. 298

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