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2886. I DREAM OF JEANIE (1952-USA). With RAY MIDDLETON, REX ALLEN, LYNN BARI, LOUISE BEAVERS. Directed by ALLAN DWAN. Stephen Foster is one of the most beloved of all 19th-century American composers. The peaks and valleys of his early life and career are charted in this joyous and tune-filled celluloid biography, with the time period in which Foster lived and worked coming gloriously to life. At the outset, young Stephen toils as a bookkeeper in Cincinnati while composing the melodies that are destined to bring him fame. At the same time he is saving his pennies to purchase a ring for Inez McDowell, the young woman with whom he is smitten. Inez is a snob who prefers a more traditional style of music and thinks that Stephen’s compositions are little more than gutter noise. However, her kid sister Jeanie is far more supportive. It is Jeanie who is destined to be the inspiration for the film’s title tune. The essence of this spirited musical romance is summed up when Stephen pointedly declares, “Music is for letting out of you the things you feel but can’t quite say…its the only worthwhile thing I know!” 90 minutes. Biopic
2626. AROUND THE WORLD OF MIKE TODD (September 8, 1968-USA) COLOR. ABC-TV net. Narrated by ORSON WELLES; Mike Todd’s words spoken by MARTIN BALSAM; teleplay by MIKE TODD, JR. An engrossing biography of the flamboyant showman from his humble beginnings through his Broadway triumphs, the World’s Fair, and his unique magnum opus “Around The World In 80 Days.” This unique man is described by his ex-wife ELIZABETH TAYLOR (who tells in intimate detail their courtship and marriage), GYPSY ROSE LEE, JACK E. LEONARD, ETHEL MERMAN, ART BUCHWALD, TOOTS SHOR, LOWELL THOMAS and many more. What a fascinating guy! 50 minutes. TV Biography
2562. LIKE IT IS (c. 1976-USA) PARTIAL COLOR. “Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree In Our Forest.” Written and narrated by GIL NOBLE. A well-done portrait of the famous negro actor and singer, told through sound recordings, still photos and sound film from the Paul Robeson Archives run by his son. HARRY BELAFONTE and DIZZY GILLESPIE appear briefly. This is a fascinating portrait of a talented performer and man with principles, who jeopardized his career to say what he thought was right. A well-done TV journalistic effort about a great American. Recommended. 85 minutes. TV Biography
2506. LOYOLA, THE SOLDIER SAINT (1951 -Spain). This is an intelligent and informative biography of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits who lived in war-torn 16th century Spain. It was filmed on location at many of the historic sites where this brave and pious man lived. The battle scenes were authentically recreated with the cooperation of the Spanish Army. Loyola spends his boyhood as a page and later becomes a guard in the Spanish court. He is a romantic who suffers from the knowledge that the woman he loves is an unattainable princess. His feats of valor and wisdom earn him the rank of Captain in the Duke’s army. However, a promising military career comes to a halt when a cannonball shatters his leg during his heroic defense of the Citadel Of Pamplona. While recovering, Loyola comes to believe that battles and wars may not be the best ways to set the world on a path of peace. He decides to lay down his sword and sets out to seek new ways of holiness. This well-produced and inspiring religious film carries Loyola through the trials and victories that brought this humble but earnest man to the status of sainthood in the Catholic Church. Dubbed in English. 90 minutes. Biography