Stephen Foster Biodramas Movies on DVD
A poignant biopic of 19th-century songwriter Stephen Foster woven together by his classic folk ballads. Douglas Montgomery stars as Foster, who leaves the ministry, becomes trapped in a loveless marriage, and in later years, is reduced to poverty and alcoholism. Songs include "Oh! Susanna," "My Old Kentucky Home," and "Swanee River." With William Frawley. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Musical biography of composer Stephen Foster, tracing his life from his days as a bookkeeper to the successful writer of "My Old Kentucky Home," "The Old Folks at Home," "Oh Susanna," "Camptown Races," and others. Ray Middleton, Bill Shirley, and Muriel Lawrence star. 91 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Entertaining (if factually suspect) musical biodrama stars Don Ameche as songwriter Stephen Foster, tracking the Pennsylvania tunesmith's short and turbulent life as he fell in love with the Old South and celebrated it in song. Al Jolson, Andrea Leeds, Chick Chandler, Felix Bressart co-star; Foster standards performed include "Beautiful Dreamer," "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.