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Centennial Summer (10-Jul-1946)

Director: Otto Preminger

Writer: Michael Kanin

From novel: Centennial Summer by Albert E. Idell

Keywords: Musical, Romantic Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Constance Bennett
22-Oct-1904 24-Jul-1965 The Affairs of Cellini
Walter Brennan
25-Jul-1894 21-Sep-1974 Three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor
Jeanne Crain
25-May-1925 14-Dec-2003 20th Century Fox studio actress
Linda Darnell
16-Oct-1923 10-Apr-1965 Star Dust
Charles Dingle
28-Dec-1887 19-Jan-1956 The Little Foxes
William Eythe
7-Apr-1918 26-Jan-1957 The House on 92nd Street
Dorothy Gish
11-Mar-1898 4-Jun-1968 Orphans of the Storm
Cornel Wilde
13-Oct-1915 16-Oct-1989 A Song to Remember


Review by anonymous (posted on 5-Jul-2006)

Taking its cue from the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876 that celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the USA, this almost forgotten film from 20th Century Fox focuses on a typical American family: two sisters (Crain and Darnell) vying for the affections of one man (Wilde) while their father struggles to hide the fact that he has lost his job with the railroad due to his attempts to invent a clock. To win the affections of the visiting Frenchman, Crain turns to Darnell's fiancé, a gynecologist, to cause some jealousy. As can be expected, everyone turns out happy in the end. Even though "Centennial Summer" pales in comparison to its obvious inspiration, MGM's "Meet Me in St. Louis" which was released the same summer of 1946, it still stands up as a solid quality movie. The movie is beautifully filmed with brilliant colors and sets, as was common with 20th Century musicals at the time. The film also has wonderful music, written by several composers including Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, and E.Y. Harburg (Over the Rainbow) which includes the memorial opening number "I was up with the Lark This Morning" and the Oscar nominated "All Through the Day" that will leave you humming. Though the plot is a little flimsly, this film is much funnier than "Meet Me in St. Louis", especially given that one character is a pioneering "womanâs doctor." If you can find it, its worth watching!

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