With a Song in My Heart (film)
|With a Song in My Heart|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Walter Lang|
|Produced by||Lamar Trotti|
|Written by||Lamar Trotti|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||J. Watson Webb Jr.|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|April 4, 1952|
|Box office||$3.25 million|
With a Song in My Heart is a 1952 biographical film which tells the story of actress and singer Jane Froman, who was crippled by an airplane crash on February 22, 1943, when the Boeing 314 Pan American Clipper flying boat she was on suffered a crash landing in the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal. She entertained the troops in World War II despite having to walk with crutches. The film stars Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter, Robert Wagner, Helen Westcott and Una Merkel. Froman herself supplied Hayward's singing voice.
The movie was written and produced by Lamar Trotti and directed by Walter Lang. The title song, "With a Song in My Heart", (Rodgers and Hart, 1929) became famous in the UK as the theme to the long-running BBC radio show, Family Favourites.
Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) is a humble staff singer at a Cincinnati radio station, but in no time she rises to the uppermost rungs of network radio fame. Jane gratefully marries her agent Don Ross (David Wayne), but soon both realize they're not truly in love. Jane's popularity soars, and she leaves on a European tour. When her plane crashes, she is partially crippled. Unable to walk without crutches, she nonetheless goes on to entertain U.S. troops during World War II.
- Susan Hayward as Jane Froman
- Rory Calhoun as John Burn
- David Wayne as Don Ross
- Thelma Ritter as Clancy
- Robert Wagner as GI Paratrooper
- Helen Westcott as Jennifer March
- Una Merkel as Sister Marie
- Richard Allan as Dancer / Tenor
- Max Showalter as Harry Guild
- Ed Oliver as Bandleader
As per the times, the With a Song in my Heart (soundtrack) recording was a studio recording, and the album initially included eight songs and a shorter version of the "American Medley" sung by Jane Froman...with a short orchestral introduction by George Greeley, who conducted the orchestra and chorus. The Capitol Records album was released in multiple formats: Capitol L-309 (LP), DDN-309 (4 record 78rpm-Box Set); KDF-309 (4 record 45rpm singles Box-Set); and FBF-309 (2 EP Box-set). This album was the Best-selling album of 1952, and spent 25 weeks at the top of the Billboard chart. Jane Froman also released a single of the title song with Capital records.
Awards and honors
It won the Academy Award for Original Music Score and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Susan Hayward), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Thelma Ritter), Best Costume Design, Color and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton).
The film won the Golden Globe award for best picture in the musical or comedy category, and Susan Hayward won the Golden Globe award for leading actress in a musical or comedy.
The film is also recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- 2006: AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers – Nominated
Soundtrack songs from the film
Although the film won the Academy Award for the Best Original Score, there were a number of American standards represented. All except three songs featured the voice of Jane Froman; and were performed by Susan Hayward.
- "Dixie" - 1859 song by Daniel Decatur Emmett
- "With a Song in My Heart" - Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Lorenz Hart
- "Hoe That Corn" - Music by Max Showalter; lyrics by Jack Woodford (performed by Max Showalter and David Wayne)
- "That Old Feeling" - Music by Sammy Fain; lyrics by Lew Brown
- "I'm Through With Love" - Music by Fud Livingston & Matty Malneck; lyrics by Gus Kahn
- "Get Happy" - Music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler
- "Jim's Toasty Peanuts" - Music and lyrics by Ken Darby
- "The Right Kind" - Music by Alfred Newman; lyrics by Don George & Charles Henderson
- "Montparnasse" - Music by Alfred Newman (composer); lyrics by Eliot Daniel (Sung by David Wayne)
- "Blue Moon" - Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Lorenz Hart
- "On the Gay White Way" - Music by Ralph Rainger; lyrics by Leo Robin
- "Home on the Range" - Music by Daniel E. Kelley; lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
- "Embraceable You" - Music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
- "Tea for Two" - Music by Vincent Youmans; lyrics by Irving Caesar
- "It's a Good Day" - Music and lyrics by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour
- "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" - Music by Arthur Schwartz; lyrics by Frank Loesser
- "I'll Walk Alone" - Music by Jules Styne; lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Songs included in an "American Medley"
- "America the Beautiful" - Music by Samuel A. Ward; lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
- "Wonderful Home Sweet Home" - Music and lyrics by Ken Darby
- "Give My Regards to Broadway" - Music and lyrics by George M. Cohan
- "Chicago" - Music and lyrics by Fred Fisher
- "California Here I Come" - Music by Joseph Mayer; lyrics by Al Jolson & Buddy G. DeSylva
- "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" - Music and lyrics by James A. Bland
- "Stein Song" (University of Maine)" - Music and lyrics by E.A. Fenstad & Lincoln Colcord
- "Back Home Again in Indiana" - Music by James F. Hanley; lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
- "Alabamy Bound" - Music by Ray Henderson; lyrics by Bud Green & Buddy G. DeSylva
- "Deep in the Heart of Texas" - Music by Don Swander; lyrics by June Hershey
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p224
- 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
- Capitol Album Discography
- "The 25th Academy Awards (1953) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14.
- Soundtracks from Film, IMDb
- With a Song in My Heart at IMDB
- With a Song in My Heart at AllMovie
- With a Song in My Heart at the TCM Movie Database
- With a Song in My Heart at the American Film Institute Catalog