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I Dream of Jeanie (film)

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Director  Allan Dwan
Music by  Robert Armbruster
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama, Musical
Costume design  Adele Palmer
Country  United States
I Dream of Jeanie (film) movie poster
Release date  June 15, 1952 (1952-06-15)
Writer  Alan Le May (screenplay)
Cast  Ray Middleton (Edwin P. Christy), Bill Shirley (Stephen Foster), Muriel Lawrence (Inez McDowell), Eileen Christy (Jeanie McDowell), Rex Allen (Mr Tambo / Rex Allen / Narrator), Lynn Bari (Mrs. McDowell)
Similar movies  Swanee River (1939)
Tagline  The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

I Dream of Jeanie is a 1952 musical film based on the songs and life of Stephen Foster who wrote the song "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" from which the title is taken. The film was directed by Allan Dwan for Republic Pictures and was shot in Trucolor.


The film is also known as I Dream of Jeanie (with the Light Brown Hair).

Plot summary

In 1849 the song Oh, Susannah is a nationwide hit—but bookkeeper Stephen Foster has given his work to several music houses without charge and without credit. His refined true love Inez McDowell, a classically trained singer, despises popular music, especially Stephen's songs. Foster's world changes when Edwin P. Christy sets him straight on the music business and launches his career as an author of the songs the Christy Minstrels use in their shows.


  • Ray Middleton as Edwin P. Christy
  • Bill Shirley as Stephen Foster
  • Muriel Lawrence as Inez McDowell
  • Eileen Christy as Jeanie McDowell
  • Rex Allen as Mr Tambo / Rex Allen / Narrator
  • Lynn Bari as Mrs. McDowell
  • Dick Simmons as Dunning Foster
  • Scott Elliott as Milford Wilson
  • Andrew Tombes as R.E. Howard
  • James Dobson as Spike
  • Percy Helton as Mr. Horker
  • Glen Turnbull as Glenn Turnbull / Speciality Dancer
  • Louise Beavers as Mammy
  • James Kirkwood as Doctor
  • Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Freddie
  • Fred Moultrie as Chitlin
  • Soundtrack

  • Ray Middleton - "Oh! Susanna" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton and Eileen Christy - "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Muriel Lawrence - "On Wings of Song" (Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
  • Muriel Lawrence - "Lo, Hear the Gentle Lark" (Music by H.R. Bishop, words by William Shakespeare from Venus and Adonis)
  • Ray Middleton - "Nelly Bly" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Ray Middleton - "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Ray Middleton and Company - "Ring de Banjo" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Ray Middleton - "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Bill Shirley - "Beautiful Dreamer" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • "Rex Allen" - "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Danced by Glen Turnbull - "Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Ray Middleton and Company - "Queen of Mirth" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Eileen Christy - "Haunting My Dreams at Night" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Muriel Lawrence and Eileen Christy - "You Must Wear a Dainty Ribbon in Your Hair" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • "Old Black Joe" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Ray Middleton - "Glendy Burke" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Bill Shirley and Eileen Christy - "I Can Still See Her in My Dreams" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • "Old Dog Tray" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • References

    I Dream of Jeanie (film) Wikipedia
    I Dream of Jeanie (film) IMDb I Dream of Jeanie (film)

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