You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Centennial Summer

Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It's not a sock film, but easy to take and will please.

With:
Jeanne Crain Cornel Wilde Linda Darnell William Bythe Walter Brennan Constance Bennett

Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please.

The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the Day’ is exploited most often in the score, but workouts are also given to Kern-Leo Robin numbers such as ‘Love in Vain,’ ‘The Right Romance’ and ‘Up with the Lark.’ Film’s weakness is lack of top voices to punch the numbers over, but quality of the cleffing makes them stand out regardless. Speciality spot goes to ‘Cinderella Sue,’ with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and sung by Avon Long.

Script is based on Albert E. Idell’s novel of the same title. Background is the Centennial celebration held in Philadelphia during the summer of 1876. Plot spreads itself over several angles, projecting both elderly and younger romantic complications that beset members of a Philadelphia railroading family. Papa (Walter Brennan) makes a mild play for his wife’s sophisticated sister, and the two girls (Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell) of the family both chase the same man (Cornel Wilde).

Side issues are papa’s desire to interest the railroad president in a newfangled clock he has invented, a young doctor’s efforts to win the heart of one of the daughters, and the sophisticated aunty’s (Constance Bennett) maneuvering to make things add up right for the Rogers family.

Producer-director Otto Preminger gets the most from the material and players. Color work isn’t up to the usual Technicolor standard.

Centennial Summer

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Otto Preminger; Producer Otto Preminger; Screenplay Michael Kanin; Camera Ernest Palmer; Editor Harry Reynolds; Music Alfred Newman (dir.);; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Lee Fuller

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: Jeanne Crain Cornel Wilde Linda Darnell William Bythe Walter Brennan Constance Bennett

More Film

  • Goran-Review

    Film Review: 'Goran'

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • Tiffany Haddish Lego Movie

    Tiffany Haddish Cracks up CinemaCon for 'Night School,' Tyler Perry Movie

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • Jim Gianopulos and Tom CruiseParamount Pictures

    Tom Cruise Wows CinemaCon With Story of 'Mission: Impossible -- Fallout' Stunt

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • JJ Abrams'Westworld' TV show premiere, Arrivals,

    'Overlord' Not 'Cloverfield' Movie, Says J.J. Abrams

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • Jim Gianopulos'Downsizing' film premiere, Arrivals, Los

    Paramount Chief Jim Gianopulos Touts Turnaround, Acknowledges Years of Flops

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • (L-R) Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

    Annapurna, Plan B Developing Movie on New York Times' Harvey Weinstein Investigation

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

  • 'United Skates' Review

    Tribeca Film Review: 'United Skates'

    Centennial Summer is pleasant musical filmfare, sparked by a lilting Jerome Kern score. Production dress is lavish to point up the period, and direction adopts a leisurely style in welding together the music and story ingredients. It’s not a sock film, but easy to take and will please. The Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II ‘All Through the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content