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I Dream Too Much (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Musical | 29 November 1935 (USA)
Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screen play) (as Edmund North), James Gow (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ... Annette Monard
Henry Fonda ... 'Johnny' Street
Eric Blore ... Roger Briggs
Osgood Perkins ... Paul Darcy
Lucien Littlefield ... Hubert Dilley
Lucille Ball ... Gwendolyn Dilley
Mischa Auer ... Darcy's Pianist
Paul Porcasi ... Uncle Tito
Scotty Beckett ... Boy on Carousel (as Scott Beckett)
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Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and does the cooking and cleaning. To get his music published, Annette takes it to Paul and he is won over - by her voice and not the music. So he manages her career and she becomes a star as an opera singer everywhere she goes. Since Jonathan cannot sell anything he writes, he leaves Annette and that makes Annette sad as she wants only to be his wife. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball, who appears in a bit part as a gawky American teenage tourist in Paris, eventually owned the RKO studio lot with husband Desi Arnaz, as their Desilu Productions facility. See more »

Quotes

Roger Briggs: Yes, she died in my arms. Oh, it was beautiful... Have you ever had a seal die in your arms?
Jonathan 'Johnny' Street: No, I never did.
Roger Briggs: Oh, well, you take my advice - if ever you get a seal, and it looks like dying, you have it to die in your arms... Just beautiful...
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Connections

Featured in Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dream Too Much
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Lily Pons
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Another opera singer tries it out in the movies....
20 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 1930s, studios loved trying out opera stars in movies. Opera stars Lawrence Tibbett made several films (including one with Laurel & Hardy), Grace Moore just a few more and Lily Pons made four appearances in films. The only really successful movie star/opera singers were Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy...but there is a reason. They were primarily actors and then singers....whereas Tibbett, Moore and Pons were first and foremost singers. Nowadays, you look at many of these opera star features and you wonder....how could audiences of the day enjoy these pictures? After all, the average person was NOT an opera fan...and, in hindsight, they really didn't as Moore's nine films was the most that these three opera stars made.

Annette is a sheltered girl and has seen nothing of the world. So, one night she sneaks out of her house and encounters a stranger in a cute meet up. Johnny (Henry Fonda) is a bohemian who has bounced about Europe and has no intentions of settling down...yet the morning after they meet he awakens to find they are married. He has no idea that his wife is a world class singer and he think his key to success is his musical compositions. Eventually, his ego is bruised as he sees his wife being showered with praise and his compositions aren't attracting any attention at all.

I am no opera expert. However, Pons' very high pitched singing and speaking voice were NOT easy on the ears...and might explain her very short film career. She tries very hard...but I honestly cannot recall a woman speaking THIS high pitched in a movie and it was a bit painful. Overall, an odd curio but not much more. Fans of Henry Fonda will probably enjoy him but the film isn't particularly good...like most of the opera films.


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