Tuesday, April 10, 2007

MY DREAM IS YOURS (Warner Bros. 1949) Warner Home Video

A thoroughly undistinguished follow-up for Warner’s newest leading lady, Michael Curtiz’s My Dream Is Yours (1949) is a rather amiable, though forgettable remake of 1934’s 20 Million Sweethearts. The film’s most captivating asset is Doris Day, fresh from her colossal success in Romance on the High Seas, and cast as young hopeful, Martha Gibson – a single mom who can really belt out the tunes if anyone would stop and give her a chance to prove it. But talent and stardom do not necessarily go hand in glove and Martha remains quaintly out of the limelight.

However, when conceited radio personality, Garry Mitchell (Lee Bowman) decides he has had enough of the big time and refuses to renew his contract, the station sends contact agent, Doug Blake (Jack Carson) on a talent scouting mission to find a fresh new face to take his place. Blake soon discovers Martha, but he also encounters infinite opposition from the sponsors who are wary of an ‘unknown quantity’ and would much prefer to have Garry back – whatever the price.

If things are looking down professionally, they’re even worse – privately. Soon, Martha and Blake are inseparable. But as fame draws nearer, it also draws Martha’s affections away from Blake toward Garry instead.

The heavy-handed script patched together by Harry Kurnitz and Dane Lussier (from the Allen Rivkin/Laura Kerr original), leaves zero tolerance for the saccharine sweetness – pushed to its limit in a very awkward blend of live action and animation, cut-and-pasted together by Fritz Freleng and featuring Warner Bros. most valuable cartoon commodity - Bugs Bunny.

For the rest, Day is given the opportunity to warble some fine tunes, the best being the utterly dreamy and heart-felt, ‘I’ll String Along With You.’ Resident Warner contract players, Eve Arden, Adolph Menjou, and one of the all time great treasures of the American cinema - S.Z. Sakall, are all welcome additions to the cast.

Warner Home Video has done another fine job with this Technicolor transfer. Colors, for the most part, are bold vibrant and true. Flesh tones are a tad more pasty pink than they out to be. Contrast levels are nicely realized. Blacks are deep and solid. Whites, generally clean – though occasionally adopting a slight bluish tint. Technicolor misregistration occurs sporadically throughout.

The animation/live action sequences suffer from a tad more obvious film grain and age related artifacts. The audio is mono but adequately represented. One wishes that Warner had had the foresight to remaster at least the songs in 5.1 Dolby Digital from the original directionalized audio stems used to create the mono mix. Short subjects are the only extra feature.

FILM RATING (out of 5 - 5 being the best)



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