Cinema: Also Showing

Swanee River (20th Century-Fox).

Busy Producer Darryl F. Zanuck takes time out from the drum-thumping phases of U. S. history (as seen and heard in Drums Along the Mohawk) to do a long, lavish, Technicolored, cinema biography of U. S. Composer Stephen Foster. Foster, while drinking himself to death, turned out most of the best U. S. folk songs. In pictures about composers a vacant look, head noddings and rhythmic hand flourishes denote musical inspiration. With these appropriate symptoms Don Ameche, as Stephen Foster, is shown conceiving his songs. Al Jolson (Christy the minstrel man) sings them, manages to mar their simplicity...

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